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1) His arrival at LAFC will mark the first time he’s ever been to Los Angeles, but he’s well aware of the massive Korean community. Moreover, it will be the first time he’s ever been in the United States.


2) Growing up his natural position wasn’t his now-current position of right back, and when he was younger he aimed to emulate his idol, former Manchester United midfielder, Korean National Team Captain and arguably the most successful Korean player ever, Park Ji-sung.


3) He had other offers on the table, but mentioned that the love he felt from LAFC and the genuine desire expressed by the Club's leadership was one of the reasons he chose to play in Los Angeles. That, and the fact that when speaking to his close friend and National Team teammate, former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder, Hwang In-beom, he only heard incredible things about the stadium experience and play on the field. 


4) Kim Moon-Hwan will be donning #33 for LAFC, a number he has worn since he was younger.

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5) He’s heard from friends that the food in Los Angeles in better than Korea and he can’t wait to taste everything the LA food scene has to offer.


6) He isn’t too concerned about adapting to the playing style of Major League Soccer, but something that he is really looking to work on is learning English so he can be as close to the local community as possible.


7) The 25-year-old has played his entire professional career with K-League side Busan IPark, a club where he helped gain promotion from K-League 2 to K-League 1 for the 2020 season.


8) One of his main pre-game game rituals is going to the center circle and praying before each match starts.  


9) He has made 11 appearances for the South Korean National team, including two World Cup qualifying matches in 2019, an 8-0 victory against Sri Lanka and a 0-0 draw against North Korea.


10) As a result of being a member of the Korean U-23 squad that was won the Gold Medal at the 2018 Asian Games, he and his teammates earned exemption from mandatory military service, being excused for their “enhancement of national prestige.”

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