When Lloyd Sam played for D.C. United (Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami FC has signed a player quite familiar to New York soccer fans — midfielder Lloyd Sam.
Sam, who played for the Red Bulls, signed with the National Premier Soccer League and NPSL Founders Cup team, it was announced Saturday.
In fact, Miami FC signed three players, including Marco Franco and Tomas Granitto.
The 34-year-old Sam began his career with Charlton Athletic, making 119 appearances between the English Premier League and Championship for the club before spending three years with Leeds United. He moved to Major League Soccer, where he made 106 appearances and scored 20 goals and set up 22 others, mostly on the right flank, for Red Bulls before being traded to D.C. United, where he spent two seasons.
Franco is a former first round selection in the MLS SuperDraft, having been selected by Chicago Fire in 2014. He spent one season with Chicago before becoming a staple on Indy Eleven’s back line from 2015-17. Franco made 26 appearances for Penn FC in the United Soccer League in 2018.
Granitto has spent time with FC Edmonton, Swope Park Rangers and Portland Timbers 2. He played last season with Miami United FC and scored in United’s 2-0 win over Jacksonville Armada FC in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He has represented his native country of El Salvador at the Under-20 level.
Miami FC 2 is the defending NPSL champions, having beaten FC Motown in the final.