MLS side San Jose Earthquakes sign South African youngster Lindo Mfeka

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The 22-year-old, who shone for the University of Florida, was selected through the American draft system, and becomes the only South African currently plying his trade in America’s top-flight.

“The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed midfielder Lindo Mfeka to a multi-year contract,” read a statement released by the club late on Thursday.

“Mfeka, 22, officially joins San Jose's roster after the club selected him as the No. 28 overall pick in the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.”

Earthquakes, two-time champions of the MLS Cup, are delighted to add the youngster to their ranks.

"Lindo is a promising talent that took on great challenges leaving his family at a young age to pursue his dream to play professional football one day," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. "In an effort to consider Lindo joining our first team in 2018, we will follow and accompany him closely this season. He will play extensive minutes with Reno and we are looking forward to his development as a professional."

"We are happy to add Lindo to our team," said head coach Dominic Kinnear. "We're looking forward to his contributions and watching how he grows as a player."

Mfeka made 69 starts in 72 total appearances for the University of South Florida, scoring 16 goals and adding 18 assists. He made the First Team All-American Athletic Conference in 2016, as well as an NSCAA Second Team All-East Region selection.

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