Kilmarnock (Premier League)
on loan from
Queens Park Rangers (Championship)
#14 | Defender
March 5, 1997 (Age: 22)
Palm Beach, Florida
5' 9", 163 lbs (1.75 m, 74 kg)
After starting his youth career in the United States with several teams, Hamalainen would head to England where he signed with Queens Park Rangers. The London-based team would then send him on a short-term loan to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Hamalainen would then get his chance to break into QPR's first team when he made his debut in October 2016 in a 2–1 win over Fulham.
After not seeing enough first team minutes, QPR decided to send Hamalainen on loan to Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer. However, the loan was cut short and he head back to England.
In August 2019, QPR sent Hamalainen on loan to Scottish Premier League team Kilmarnock.
Having both US and Finnish citizenship, Hamalainen is eligible to represent either country.
He has so far represented Finland at various youth levels, and earned his first senior cap for the team in a friendly against Estonia in January 2019.
In August 2019, Hamalainen accepted a call up to the US Under-23 team.