Las is a highly-regarded American prospect at the goalkeeper position / Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer
Cary, N.C. - North Carolina FC announced Wednesday that the club has secured U.S. Youth National Team Goalkeeper Damian Las on loan from Fulham FC. The deal is pending league and federation approval.
The 19-year-old joined Fulham from the Chicago Fire Academy in September of 2019. Since joining Fulham, he has logged 16 appearances for the U-18 squad and one appearance for the U-23s, recording two clean sheets in that stretch.
“We are thrilled to have Damian join our group for the 2021 season," said NCFC Head Coach John Bradford. "He is a talented young goalkeeper that brings strong experiences from Fulham FC and U.S. Youth National Team.
"He represents the high-level young players that we aim to incorporate at NCFC, with the focus on providing deserving players with professional matches and development. I want to personally thank Fulham FC for seeing our club as a great opportunity for him and we’re excited to get started with Damian.”
The Norridge, IL native has been a fixture for the USYNT, most recently starting five games and recording three shutouts at the 2019 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on the way to helping the U.S. qualify for a record 17th U-17 World Cup.
“We are very excited to welcome Damian into the club," said NCFC Assistant General Manager Nic Platter. "He will be a great leader and role model to our younger goalkeepers and will strongly reinforce our current goalkeeper group.”
Las joins currently rostered goalkeepers Jake McGuire, Nicholas Holliday and Samuel Terranova as NCFC fills out its roster ahead of the regular season opener.
North Carolina FC begins its 2021 campaign on Saturday, May 8 at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park against Greenville Triumph SC.