LAFC Solve Their Goalkeeper Issues
Lafc announced this past week their newest signing, former Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau. The Canadian international joins the long list of names that have defended the three posts for the black and gold. Maxime is considered to be one of the top goalkeepers in the MLS. LAFC fans will remember how frustrating it was playing against Crépeau. Especially last season when LAFC had a critical game against the Whitecaps, practically a do or die for a playoff spot, and Crépeau did everything to deny LAFC any goal scoring opportunities. He also replaces the hole left by Jamal Blackman LAFC’s most recent attempt to find a solid goalkeeper. Crépeau came at a costly price; LAFC acquired his services for 1 million dollars in General Allocation Money. Whitecaps FC will receive $250,000 in 2022 GAM, $250,000 in 2023 GAM and $500,000 in GAM between 2023, 2024 and/or 2025.
Why Crépeau is Valuable for LAFC
Maxime brings solidness to a position LAFC has struggled to find since the club has been founded. Tyler Miller, LAFC’s first goalkeeper, was solid but when relied upon the most he would commit basic errors that sometimes would cost LAFC the game. Crépeau had a record 2021 season that included a career-high six shutouts and registered a 75% save percentage. Overall, in his MLS career, Crépeau has appeared in 60 regular season games, playing 5,368 minutes and recording 12 shutouts. Crépeau will be a key piece for LAFC in their hopes of pursuing MLS Cup. Too many times have they been let down with poor goalkeeping, Maxime is hopefully here to finally change that narrative. Crépeau will not be able to train with his club at this moment as he represents Canada and will be traveling with them for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches.