The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) finished their summer transfer window and they feel they have all the parts necessary to continue their quest to be MLS Cup champions.
If coach Bob Bradley hopes to bring LAFC the first trophy in their history then this is the team he and the front office have constructed to do it.
In the weeks leading up to the transfer window deadline, Los Angeles made sure they kept a couple of their own players. First L.A. acquired Eddie Segura on a permanent basis.
Segura had been acquired during the off-season on a six-month loan with an option to purchase from Colombian club Atletico Huila. On July 29 LAFC made the move permanent. At 22 years old Segura could be a permanent fixture in the Black and Gold backline for years to come.
On August 5 LAFC announced that human swiss army knife Latif Blessing had extended his contract for multiple years running until 2022. Blessing has scored three goals this season and is a fixture in the midfield while also moving to left-back when needed.
Before Thursday’s deadline, LAFC traded forward Christian Ramirez to the Houston Dynamo for cash considerations. Ramirez had seen his playing time reduced from starter to bench player when Adama Diomande had fully recovered from early season injuries.
Ramirez, the Southern California native had come home last year at the trade deadline and scored six goals in 24 games with Los Angeles. Dealing him gives LAFC financial flexibility and gives him an opportunity to recover his playing time with the Dynamo.
On deadline day the Black and Gold confirmed what had been rumored for some time. L.A. announced they had signed 19-year-old Uruguayan attacker Brian Rodriguez.
“Brian is an exciting and dynamic player who is one of the top talents in South America,” LAFC EVP & GM John Thorrington said in a club release. “Acquiring a player of Brian’s quality in this window is another powerful statement from LAFC about our commitment to winning and building a Club that excites our supporters.”
Rodriguez is signed as Young Designated Player (YDP) from South American giant Peñarol, having played 18 games as a starter and featuring in both the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores.
Rodriguez gives Los Angeles another attacking winger with the ability to score and set up teammates. Los Angeles is hoping this signing will be just as successful as their last YDP signing from Uruguay, forward and MLS-All Star Diego Rossi.
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