Los Angeles Football Club announced on Tuesday they have acquired midfielder Aaron Kovar on loan from the Seattle Sounders for the 2018 season. A Sounders release on the move said LAFC have the ability to purchase Kovar’s contract at the end of the loan.
Kovar, 24, is a Homegrown signing out of the Sounders’ academy. After playing collegiately at Stanford, he signed with Seattle in 2014, and he’s made 32 MLS regular season appearances, scoring one goal, while also playing for the Sounders in the U.S. Open Cup. His best season was in 2016, when he got regular playing time, until an injury sidelined him and eventually caused him to lose his place, seemingly for good. It’s seemed like he’s needed a change of scenery for quite some time, and this is his chance to start over.
Kovar has experience playing in Southern California, having played on a short loan stint with the then-Orange County Blues back in 2014. A technical midfielder, he’s fairly versatile, but so far seems more suited for a holding or box-to-box role, or in a shuttler or defensive wide role.
The addition of Kovar gives LAFC another body in the midfield, something they sorely need. While intraleague loans in MLS have never quite taken off, given the fact that LAFC need players, this could turn out to be a beneficial move. Time will tell.
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