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TULSA’S No. 10: Veteran Playmaker Moloto Signs Deal

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 01/02/20, 12:05PM EST

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South African attacking midfielder has recorded 28 goals, 28 assists in Championship over career

TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa announced on Thursday it had signed attacking midfielder Lebo Moloto, bringing one of the USL Championship’s elite all-around offensive talents on a multiyear contract, pending league and federation approval.

A former USL Championship All-League selection, Moloto is set to be a core piece in Tulsa’s roster in 2020. The 30-year-old from South Africa has previously reached the USL Championship Final, made seven playoff appearances overall in his career and was named to the All-League Second Team in 2018.

Since 2015, his first year as a professional in the USL Championship, Moloto has recorded four seasons of at least five goals and five assists, the only player in the league to do so. His 56 career goals and assists, 28 of each, as a USL Championship player in all competitions is inside the top 20 all-time in league history.

“Lebo is an established and elite midfielder in the USL Championship,” said FC Tulsa Head Coach Michael Nsien. “The signing of Lebo ensures that FC Tulsa will have a presence in the midfield that has shown consistently to be one of the best in the league. It’s easy to point out that Lebo is clearly near the top in terms of offensive production. However, one of the qualities he has that I admire is his ability to do all of the things off the ball that can go unnoticed in matches.

“To build a top contender in any league it’s important to have a strong spine. Lebo is a major addition towards our ambitions next season.”

Over the past two years, Moloto has been the main creative force for Nashville SC, compiling 13 goals and 15 assists in 61 league appearances for the team. His most recent season might have been his best yet as Moloto put in five goals and 10 assists as Nashville finished second in the Championship’s Eastern Conference.

“I am extremely excited for this next chapter of my career,” said Moloto. “After a conversation with the coach about their vision and goals, I was sold. I love and want to be a part of what’s happening in Tulsa. I am looking forward to calling Tulsa home for the next two years.”

Prior to his time in the Music City, Moloto was a member of Sporting Kansas City II in 2017, leading the club to a Western Conference title and a spot in the USL Championship Final. The midfielder started his USL Championship career with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, playing for the ’Hounds in 2015 and ’16, scoring seven goals with eight assists. 

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