19-year-old center back Jackson Kasanzu has signed his first professional contract with San Diego Loyal SC after most recently competing for AFC Ann Arbor in USL League Two. | Photo courtesy San Diego Loyal SC
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Loyal SC announced on Friday the club had signed defender Jackson Kasanzu, pending league and federation approval. The Tanzanian center back joins the club ahead of its upcoming USL Championship regular season match against Birmingham Legion FC on Saturday night at Protective Stadium.
“Jackson is a talented young center back with the potential to be very special,” said SD Loyal EVP of Soccer Operations and Head Coach Landon Donovan. “We are excited to have a player of his caliber join our club.”
Kasanzu joins SD Loyal after most recently playing with AFC Ann Arbor of USL League Two for the 2022 season. The defender played in eight matches for AFC Ann Arbor, starting in seven, helping his team to a 4-2-2 record. Kasanzu recorded 640 total minutes and two shot attempts for the season.
Originally from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the 19-year-old defender has signed his first professional contract with SD Loyal and will wear number 16.