Tunisian international Jasser Khmiri has joined San Antonio FC on loan for the 2021 USL Championship season from Vancouver Whitecaps FC. | Photo courtesy Vancouver Whitecaps FC
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC announced on Friday it had acquired defender Jasser Khmiri on loan from Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the 2021 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, terms of the loan were not disclosed.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jasser to the SAFC family and appreciate the Vancouver Whitecaps for accommodating the loan,” said SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina. “Jasser, a full Tunisian international center-back, is dominant in aerial duels, aggressive in one v. one defensive actions, and demonstrates the ability to consistently break opponents' lines of pressure. We look forward to having him join our group.”
Khmiri joins SAFC from Vancouver where he has spent the last two seasons, making six appearances for the Whitecaps since 2019. The 23-year-old made his league debut in September of 2019 against the LA Galaxy and recorded 19 clearances in the match, marking the most in a single MLS game since 2017. His 19 clearances in his league debut ranks second to his SAFC teammate Axel Sjoberg who recorded 22 clearances in his MLS debut with the Colorado Rapids in 2015.
The 6-foot-4 defender made his professional debut at age 18 with Stade Tunisien in the first division of Tunisia. Khmiri would go on to make nearly 40 appearances with Stade in three seasons before being transferred to Vancouver. After representing Tunisia at the youth international level, Khmiri received his first call-up to the full international team in 2018 before making his debut in October of 2020.