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LAFC sign, loan forward Rodrigo Pacheco to Orange County SC

Young Argentine is intriguing for both teams.

Courtesy of Orange County SC.

Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday the signing of Argentine forward Rodrigo Pacheco from Club Atlético Lanús. The 21-year-old will go on loan for the remainder of the 2017 season at LAFC’s USL affiliate, Orange County SC.

“We are incredibly excited to announce the arrival of Rodrigo Pacheco to LAFC,” said LAFC general manager and executive vice president of soccer operations John Thorrington. “Rodrigo is a striker with great potential and we look forward to closely monitoring his development with Orange County SC.”

The 21-year-old, a product of Lanus’ academy, has not made a professional appearance for Lanús from available information, but was rostered to start the current Argentine Primera season. While 21 may seem a tad old by Argentine standards to embark on one’s career, it must be said Lanús’ roster is overall on the older side, with no players younger than 21 on it at the moment.

Add to that Pacheco getting a chance to adjust to the United States with Orange County, who desperately need goals at the moment, and he could be on the field as soon as tonight against Phoenix Rising FC.

So this is an interesting move. Clearly LAFC feel Pacheco has potential, as international slots are a precious commodity in MLS, and having a couple months to prove himself before training camp opens for the MLS expansion side in January is good for all sides. The signing brings LAFC’s roster up to four players at the moment, along with Carlos Alvarez, Monday Etim (both of whom are on loan at Orange County), and Carlos Vela (on loan at Real Sociedad). We’ll be sure to follow Pacheco in the weeks to come.

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