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LAFC pick Pol Calvet Planellas in 2018 MLS Draft second round

Spanish youth international played at Pitt last year.

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Los Angeles Football Club went international once more, by choosing Spanish youth international Pol Calvet Planellas with the first pick of the second round in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.

Calvet Planellas, a midfielder who played at the University of Pittsburgh last year, played with the FC Barcelona Academy and has represented Spain’s U-17 national team.

From 2013-16, Planellas made 22 appearances for FC Barcelona B and played for Deportivo La Coruna B and Llagostera during the 2016-17 season.

Following the 2017 season at Pitt, Calvet Planellas was selected third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference.

As a 23-year-old who only played one year of NCAA soccer, he’s a very different kind of player compared to most MLS SuperDraft picks, but given his pedigree and the fact he’s a midfielder, he is certainly intriguing.

Also of note, Calvet Planellas is not yet signed to a contract. So that means that he is effectively on trial for now, with LAFC given the first chance to sign him in MLS. He would take up an international slot, meaning he’d be the eighth of nine international slots on LAFC’s roster if he does sign, but if he’s worth it, then it’s a move LAFC could very much complete.

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