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Mexico winger Chucky Lozano indicators with MLS enlargement crew San Diego FC

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Main League Soccer enlargement crew San Diego FC has signed winger Hirving “Chucky” Lozano because the membership’s first designated participant.

Lozano signed a four-year deal by way of the 2028 season, the crew mentioned Thursday. Monetary phrases weren’t launched.

San Diego FC will grow to be the league’s thirtieth crew when it begins play subsequent season.

“We’re thrilled to have him be a part of our Membership as we glance to construct a crew that may problem for trophies. ‘Chucky’ is among the most adorned Mexican internationals on the planet, and we stay up for seeing him shine in San Diego and MLS in 2025,” San Diego FC CEO Tom Penn mentioned in an announcement.

Lozano will stay together with his present membership, PSV Eindhoven within the Netherlands, by way of this 12 months. He’ll be formally transferred to San Diego on Jan. 1.

PSV lately secured its twenty fifth general title within the prime Dutch league. Lozano had six targets and three assists in 24 matches through the 2023-24 season alongside United States males’s crew gamers Sergiño Dest, Malik Tillman and Ricardo Pepi.

“It is thrilling to be a part of historical past as we construct a Membership that may compete for championships in MLS. In each nation I’ve performed, I all the time attempt to go away a mark, and making an affect in San Diego and MLS is essential to me,” Lozano mentioned.

Lozano, a 28-year-old native of Mexico Metropolis, has additionally performed for Pachuca in Liga MX and Italian top-tier membership Napoli.

He has 18 targets in 70 appearances with the Mexican nationwide crew and performed within the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. He was extra lately left off Mexico’s Copa America squad, together with veterans Guillermo Ochoa and Raul Jimenez, in addition to striker Henry Martin. 

The 2024 Copa America begins June twenty first with all video games on the FOX household of networks and streamed dwell on the FOX Sports activities App. Pepi and Tillman have been included on USMNT coach Gregg Berhaldter’s 27-player roster; Dest, a daily starter underneath Berhalter, is out for the event with a torn ACL.

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San Diego was awarded the thirtieth MLS membership in Could 2023. It’s owned by Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Mansour and the Sycuan Tribe, the primary Native American tribe to have an possession stake in knowledgeable soccer crew. The possession group additionally consists of San Diego Padres star third baseman Manny Machado.

Lozano, a product of Pachuca’s academy system, mentioned he was impressed by San Diego FC’s Proper To Dream residential academy, at the moment being constructed on the Sycuan Reservation in El Cajon, California. SDFC’s first crew will even practice on the facility.

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“The membership’s mission and plans for San Diego’s Proper to Dream Academy resonated deeply with the profession path I’ve had on this sport,” Lozano mentioned. “I recognized with the mission instantly and I’m assured we can assist a variety of youth gamers from either side of the border.”

San Diego FC will play at Snapdragon Stadium, which additionally hosts the San Diego Wave of the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League and the San Diego State Aztecs soccer crew.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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