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RIFC Signs First Player in Club History
“I am thrilled to be a part of a new club and look forward to moving to New England for Rhode Island FC’s inaugural season."
Rhode Island FC fans can celebrate today as the club has announced its first signing in club history.
Koke Vegas, the former goalkeeper for the now-defunct San Diego Loyal is the first player signed by Khano Smith. Vegas — a Spanish national — grew up in the Anteguera youth development system. He made appearances throughout the levels of the Spanish pyramid over 11 seasons including his first start in La Liga, for Celta de Vigo on May 19th, 2018.
“Koke Vegas is making history as the first player to ever wear the Rhode Island FC crest. As both a person and a player, he represents the values and style that we want our club and team to have,” Smith said. “Koke is an accomplished professional, with experience at the highest levels of the game.
“I cannot wait to introduce Koke to our fans and to build the rest of our roster for our club’s first USL season,” the sporting director and head coach added.
Vegas joined the San Deigo Loyal on January 7th, 2022 to seek a role as a starting goalkeeper in the United States. He won the job in short order and made 61 starts across two seasons for the Loyal in the USL Championship, garnering 15 clean sheets, 31 wins, 15 draws, and 15 losses, making the playoffs in both seasons.
Vegas has been signed to a multi-year deal.
“I am thrilled to be a part of a new club and look forward to moving to New England for Rhode Island FC’s inaugural season,” Vegas said.