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World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris joins Los Angeles FC in MLS

Hugo Lloris, a World Cup winner with France who played for Tottenham Hotspur for 11 seasons, is joining Los Angeles FC ahead of the 2024 MLS season.

Lloris, now 37 years old, was frozen out at Tottenham after new manager Ange Postecoglu decided to use new signing Guglielmo Vicario as the starting goalkeeper over the veteran Frenchman.

LAFC, the 2022 MLS Cup winners and 2023 MLS Cup runners up, needed a goalkeeper as a result of Maxime Crepeau becoming a free agent. Instead of re-signing the Canadian, Steve Cherundolo's side decided to make a splash in the transfer market.

Lloris kept at least 10 league clean sheets in seven of his 11 seasons at Spurs, not including the 2023/24 season in which he has not played a minute in the Premier League. He was the captain of Spurs from 2015 until this season, and he was France's captain since 2012 before retiring from international play after the 2022 World Cup.

Lloris also holds the record for most appearances for the French National Team with 145. He captained his country to glory in the 2018 World Cup, and France finished as runners up in the 2022 World Cup and 2016 European Championships with Lloris as captain.

With Spurs, Lloris captained the side to the 2019 Champions League Final, where the club lost to Liverpool 2-0, thanks mainly to a second-minute penalty goal from Mohamed Salah. With Lloris's departure, Son Hueng-min is the last Spurs player from that game's starting XI still with the club.

Tottenham's 4-4 aggregate win thanks to away goals over Manchester City in the quarterfinals of that Champions League run was notable, but the biggest achievement of that run was another away goals win, a 3-3 aggregate victory over Ajax in the semifinals thanks to Lucas Moura's second-half hat-trick in the second leg.

Before his days at Tottenham, Lloris played for his hometown club of Nice between 2005-2008, and then he moved to Lyon where he stayed from 2008-2012.

One of the top goalkeepers of his generation, Lloris will finish his playing days in Los Angeles where he will likely compete for MLS glory.

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