LAFC signed midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to a three-year contract extension with a club option for 2022, the team announced Monday.

Kaye, 24, emerged as a surprise standout after signing with LAFC before the start of the season. He had two goals and five assists in 20 starts and provided dependable defense before sustaining a season-ending foot injury in late July.

"Mark is a really important player for us," LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. "From the start -- he was open, he listened, and he applied our ideas. Before the injury, he was improving week by week. He has a bright future and I believe he will be back better than ever next year."

Kaye, who was born in Toronto, also has appeared in six games for the Canadian men's national team. He played for Louisville City FC of the United Soccer League before joining LAFC for its inaugural season.

"It's an honor to wear the Black & Gold and I'm forever grateful for this opportunity," Kaye said in a statement. "I believe this is an important step and the right direction in my career. I look forward to coming back even stronger in 2019."

--Field Level Media

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