LAFC sign Stipe Biuk from Croatian side Hajduk Split

LAFC have signed forward Stipe Biuk from Croatian top-flight side Hajduk Split on a four-year deal through the 2026 Major League Soccer season, with an additional club option for 2027. 

He joins as a U22 Initiative player and will occupy an international roster spot for the Black & Gold.

“Stipe is an incredibly talented player with considerable experience for his age who is recognized as one of the top young players in Europe,” LAFC co-president & general manager John Thorrington said in a release. 

“It is exciting to welcome a player of his quality, pedigree and potential to LAFC, and we are confident he will excite our fans and contribute to our team’s success in the years to come.”

Biuk departs Hajduk Split after recording six goals and eight assists in 66 matches across all competitions, and helping the team to lift the 2021-22 Croatian Football Cup.

The young player now stands as an option for head coach Steve Cherundolo, alongside incumbent starters Carlos Vela and Denis Bouanga, as well as Gareth Bale and Kwadwo Opoku. 

LAFC will enter the 2023 campaign, and Cherundolo’s second season in charge, as the reigning MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield champions. The team kicks off the new season on February 25 against the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl.