Former MLS goalie wins Chargers’ kicking job

In May, the Chargers took a flier on undrafted kicker Josh Lambo, perhaps hoping he would beat out the incumbent (and pricey) veteran, Nick Novak.

It worked.

Lambo officially won the Bolts’ kicking job on Saturday, when Novak was released as part of the team’s cut-down to the 53-player roster limit. Novak, who spent the last four seasons in San Diego, converted 22-of-26 field goals attempts last season. He was owed $1.5 million this year, a salary the team apparently was unwilling to pay.

Lambo played his college ball at Texas A&M, where he connected on 21-of-25 field goal attempts in two years for the Aggies. Then he took his talents to the MLS, working as the goalkeeper for FC Dallas.

A surprisingly talented athlete (for the position), Lambo has nice upside (for the position) in the Chargers’ offense. He was a perfect 4-for-4 on FG attempts this preseason, and already has this game-winner under his belt. As a cherry on top, the Chargers have him under their control for only the rookie minimum — $435,000.

Which they obviously like.

(Photo via MLSSoccer.com)

Zack Kelberman
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