Major League Soccer

LAFC signs D Palencia from Saint-Etienne

(AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles FC signed Spanish defender Sergi Palencia on Thursday to a two-year contract through the 2024 season.

The 26-year-old Palencia is joining the defending Major League Soccer champions from Saint-Etienne in France's Ligue 2. His deal with LAFC includes a contract option for 2025.

Palencia was a former teammate of LAFC forward Denis Bouanga at Saint-Etienne, where he appeared in only nine games. He spent the previous two seasons on loan at Leganes in the Spanish second division.