SA duo extend deals in USA


Teams across the United States have announced their squads for the 2021 season and two South Africans have been retained by their respective clubs. 

USL Championship side, San Diego Loyal has announced that seven players will be returning for the 2021 season while the majority of the squad has been released to look for contracts elsewhere.

The players will await the approval of the league and federation before returning to full training before the resumption of the new campaign.


Speaking to the club’s official website, first team manager Landon Donovan said the players that have been retained are the core of the team and played very well last season. “When we started Team 1, we were looking for players who were not only talented on the soccer field, but also represented San Diego in a genuine and authentic way. We are thrilled to bring back a core group of players who will help us be successful for many years to come,” said Donovan. 

Tumi Moshobane, 26, made 14 appearances last season and is a versatile striker who adds a diverse attack for San Diego upfront with his trickery and speed being his main strengths.

He threatened in the final third, creating 14 chances in the overall statistics and taking an average of four shots per game. After playing for Kaizer Chiefs reserves, the 26-year-old moved to the United States in 2015 and quickly proved his ability to play the game after netting 11 goals at his first club Lansing United. 

Retained players:

Charlie Adams  

Collin Martin  

Elijah Martin 

Jack Metcalf  

Tumi Moshobane  

Sal Zizzo 

Elsewhere in the same division, FC Tulsa have retained the services of attacking midfielder Lebo Moloto.

Moloto played 12 league games last season, scoring one goal and assisting another strike. The 30-year-old Polokwane-born midfielder has been in the United States for over 10 years playing for several clubs in his career.


After going through the ranks of Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders, he moved to Des Moines Menace playing 34 games between 2010 and 2013.

Moloto then played for United FC, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Swope Park Rangers, Nashville SC and joined Tulsa last season where he became a regular in the midfield.

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