LAFC waive CanMNT center-back Doneil Henry after 5 MLS appearances

Chris Smith
Henry struggled for minutes in Los Angeles.
Henry struggled for minutes in Los Angeles. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Doneil Henry has departed LAFC after the club announced they had waived the center-back.

The 29-year-old Canada international joined the Black and Gold at the start of the 2022 season following a spell in South Korea with Suwon Samsung Bluewings. However, Henry managed just five appearances and two starts for LAFC in MLS play.

Already behind the likes of Mamadou Fall, Jesus Murillo, Eddie Segura, and Sebastien Ibeagha in the central defensive pecking order, Henry would have found games even harder come by as legendary Italian center-back Giorgio Chiellini nears his much-anticipated debut.

Henry is now available to all other MLS clubs via the league's Waiver Order, which is based on points per game. If not selected, he can then be signed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The defender will be keen to secure regular minutes as the Canadian Men's National Team prepare for their first World Cup campaign since 1986 and second of all time. Henry played five games to help Les Rouges reach Qatar 2022 and has 44 senior caps for his country overall, scoring once.

Henry has previously played for Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS, while his stints abroad have taken in time at West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers, and Apollon Limassol.