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Hugo Lloris makes HUGE save two minutes into his MLS debut

Hugo Lloris made immediate impact in his MLS debut on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders. 

Within two minutes from opening whistle, the 37-year-old spoiled the first opportunity of the match while keeping a clean sheet for LAFC. After a mishap from LAFC's backline, Sounders forward Jordan Morris found himself with the ball in front of Lloris' goal. 

While he was able to get a shot off, the ball hit the former Tottenham goalkeeper's gloves before it got cleared forward. 

After leading 1-0 at halftime behind Timothy Tillman's 45th minute goal, the Black and Gold secured a 2-1 win and their first three points in front of their home crowd. Mateusz Begusz scored the second goal in the 55th minute before Seattle's Pedro de la Vega scored a penalty in the 75th. 

Both sides went blow for blow as Seattle attempted 16 shots with seven going on target. Meawhile, LAFC shot 17 of their own and put seven on frame. Despite losing the clean sheet, Lloris made six saves in an otherwise successful debut. 

Hugo Lloris made his first save for LAFC within two minutes in his MLS debut against Seattle

The former Tottenham goalkeeper made x saves as his side won 2-1 at BMO Stadium

Timothy Tillman scored for LAFC in the 45th minute before Mateusz Bogusz scored in the 55th

Lloris joined LAFC on a one-year, $350,000 deal after 11 and a half years and 361 appearances in Tottenham. 

He played his final game for the Premier League club on April 23, 2023, getting subbed off at halftime in a 6-1 defeat to Newcastle. Two months later, Lloris was left out of the pre-season tour. Tottenham then released a statement saying Lloris was not included so he could 'explore prospective transfer opportunities.'

Outside his club career, Lloris is the most-capped French international, making 145 appearances for his national team. Lloris announced his retirement from international football after losing the 2022 World Cup final to Argentina. 

Founded in 2018, LAFC quickly established itself as an MLS contender and destination some of the league's most talented players. 

Four years after its founding, the club won the MLS Cup after drawing, 3-3, and beating the Philadelphia Union in penalties. With Lloris' addition, they hope to bounce back from a promising season that ended in despair when they lost to the Columbus Crew in the MLS Cup Final. 

Saturday's win kept LAFC's perfect opening day record intact. They will hit the road for their next game as they take on Real Salt Lake on March 2.  

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