Born: May 21, 1991
Birthplace: Polokwane, South Africa
Previous Club: Nashville SC
College: Lindsey Wilson College (KY)
Pronunciation: LAY-bo mo-LO-toe
LEBO MOLOTO BIO
Moloto was re-signed by FC Tulsa ahead of the 2022 regular season.
Lebo Moloto was hampered at the beginning of the 2021 season with a nagging injury but was able to find his form in the middle of the season once he found routine minutes. Moloto made 23 appearances with 20 starts in total, scoring twice and registering three assists. Both of Moloto’s goals came on August 28 at home vs Atlanta United 2.
Moloto joined FC Tulsa ahead of the 2020 season on a multiyear deal from Nashville SC. The midfielder has been one of the USL’s best for six years now, and 2020 was no different. He started every match in midfield, scoring a goal and adding two assists. One assist came in the USL Championship Playoffs against El Paso Locomotive.
He finished top 3 on the team in both overall and long passing accuracy, and he played all but 70 minutes of the 2020 campaign.
USL CHAMPIONSHIP RANKS
Moloto is one of just a handful players to make 150+ career appearances in USL Championship, and on April 2, 2022, Moloto became the eighth player in League history to log 30 goals and 30 assists in his USL Championship career.
2018-2019 – NASHVILLE SC (USL CHAMPIONSHIP)
Moloto made 31 appearances with five goals and 10 assists in 2019, helping lead Nashville to the USL Championship Eastern Conference Semifinals.
He debuted with Nashville in 2018 following a trade with Swope Park Rangers where he made 28 appearances for the club registering seven goals (2nd on the team) and five assists (led the team). He also helped Nashville progress to the round of 16 in the US Open Cup after beating the Colorado Rapids of MLS in the fourth round.
2017 – SWOPE PARK RANGERS
Moloto played 2017 with Sporting Kansas City II, then Swope Park Rangers, where he started 25 of his 29 appearances en route to a USL Championship Final appearance. He scored seven goals on the season and assisted four more. He scored the winning penalty kick in a 1-1(4-2) victory over Phoenix Rising in the USL Championship Western Conference Quarterfinals that season.
2015-2016 – PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC
Moloto returned to the States to play with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC for the 2015 and 2016 USL Championship seasons. He made 51 appearances for Riverhounds in his two years, scoring seven times and adding eight assists.
2014 – UNITED FC (SOUTH AFRICA)
Despite being selected 54th overall in the MLS Supplemental Draft by the Seattle Sounders, Moloto chose to finish his degree. After graduating, Moloto made the move back to South Africa to play for United FC for a short time. Stats are not available from his time in South Africa.
Moloto moved to the United States to play college soccer and represented Lindsey Wilson College (NAIA) in Kentucky while also playing soccer in the collegiate offseason with the Des Moines Menace of USL League Two.
He scored 42 goals and added 20 assists across his collegiate career at Lindsey Wilson. His 14 game-winning goals are the 4th-most in Lindsey Wilson program history. Moloto was a 3-time NAIA All-American and was named the 2011 NAIA National Tournament MVP, leading Lindsey Wilson to National Championships in 2009 and 2011. He was named the NAIA National Tournament’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 2009 and 2012.