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LAFC announce 2018 offseason roster moves

Ring in the changes for the club in their first offseason of turnover.

MLS: Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles FC Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club announced their roster moves on Tuesday, a day after the deadline to notify MLS of their decisions for the offseason.

All in all, there were no major surprises. Here’s the rundown:

LAFC exercised contract options on starting goalkeeper Tyler Miller, midfielders Mark-Anthony Kaye, Lee Nguyen and Josh Perez, and forward Shaft Brewer, Jr. That means those players are all presumably coming back for the 2019 season.

They declined contract options on goalkeepers Charlie Lyon and Quillan Roberts, midfielders Nicolas Czornomaz, Calum Mallace and James Murphy, and forward Steeve Saint-Duc and Marco Ureña.

Meanwhile, four players — Jordan Harvey, Dejan Jakovic, Walker Zimmerman and Benny Feilhaber — are out of contract. Zimmerman has been offered a contract by LAFC, meaning he could return and if he does not LAFC retains his MLS rights.

Three of the players on loan at LAFC in 2018 — Luis Lopez (Real España), Danilo Silva (Internacional) and Aaron Kovar (Seattle Sounders) — did not have their purchase options picked up. LAFC’s language indicates the players “will return to their respective clubs” and therefore are unlikely to return at all in the future. Meanwhile, the release did not say it outright, but Eduard Atuesta’s loan from Independiente Medellin has ended but LAFC have triggered the purchase option, as they confirm he’s under contract for the 2019 season.

LAFC’s roster is at 16 players at present:

Goalkeeper (1): Tyler Miller

Defenders (4): Steven Beitashour, Tristan Blackmon, Joao Moutinho, Eddie Segura

Midfielders (5): Eduard Atuesta, Andre Horta, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Lee Nguyen, Josh Perez

Forwards (6): Latif Blessing, Shaft Brewer, Jr., Adama Diomande, Christian Ramirez, Diego Rossi, Carlos Vela

Could some of the players out of contract or whose contract options or loan options were not picked up return? It’s possible we’ll see a couple of those players back. But all in all, this is about what was expected. At the same time, with only half a roster, LAFC will be busy signing replacements this offseason.

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