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Miami FC strikes loan deal for goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas

By Staff, 01/17/23, 4:13PM EST


Experienced shot-stopper joins side from Charlotte FC for 2023 Championship season

Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas joins Miami FC on loan for the new season having previously recorded 23 shutouts in 57 appearances across the Championship's regular season and playoffs. | Photo courtesy Jim Myers / Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

MIAMI – Miami FC announced on Tuesday the club had acquired goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas on loan from Major League Soccer’s Charlotte FC for the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.

Zendajas arrives in Miami with extensive prior experience in the Championship. The 27-year-old has made 57 appearances across the regular season and playoffs in the league, recording 23 shutouts and 145 saves in 5,203 minutes of action.

A native of California, Zendejas spent four seasons in the Sporting Kansas City organization, and helped the Swope Park Rangers reach the 2017 USL Championship Final as he made 25 appearances and recorded 10 shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.91. He delivered one of the more memorable moments in Championship Playoffs history in the 2017 Western Conference Final as he first saved from fellow goalkeeper C.J. Cochran and then scored the decisive penalty kick in the 11th round as SPR advanced past OKC Energy FC.

More recently, Zendejas recorded three shutouts in three appearances while on loan at El Paso Locomotive FC in the Championship during the 2021 season, and this past year he made 24 appearances in USL League One while on loan at the Charlotte Independence. While with the Independence, recorded six shutouts, a save percentage of 69.8 percent and a goals-against average of 1.21 to help the side advance to the League One Playoffs.

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