Getting ready for the 2018 Los Angeles Football Club season? Us too. We’re gearing up for the expansion team’s campaign with a look at each of the players who have been officially added for the campaign. Kicking us off is midfielder Aaron Kovar. Enjoy!
How LAFC acquired him: Loaned for 2018 season from Seattle Sounders on Jan. 23, 2018.
Position(s): Midfielder (winger or wide midfielder)
Previous pro playing experience:
Seattle Sounders (2014-17):
- 32 MLS regular season appearances (13 starts), 1 goal
- 6 U.S. Open Cup appearances (all starts), 2 goals
- 6 CONCACAF Champions League appearances (3 starts)
- Titles: 2016 MLS Cup
Seattle Sounders 2 (2015, 2016, 2017, loan stints):
- 23 USL appearances (22 starts), 2 goals
Orange County Blues (2014, loan):
- 2 appearances (1 start)
Kovar has three plus skills at the MLS level. He is both speedy and has good endurance in physical testing, though can peter out during games. Technically his left foot stands out. His service from set-pieces or crossing was among the best on the Sounders. He was best as a left winger here, but moved to being an inverted right wing who was developing a left footed shot, though that diminished his ability to cross in run of play. A fair to middling dribbler with enough to get by, but not stand out. Can be bumped off the ball. Defends well enough that Seattle once experimented with him at left back. Would work well in a team that applies high pressure throughout the pitch.
~ Dave Clark, Sounder at Heart
How will he feature for LAFC in 2018?
It’s hard to project at this stage Kovar’s role this season, with LAFC having only about four midfielders on the roster at the moment. Aside from a short stint in 2016, he’s been depth the whole time he’s been a member of the Sounders’ first team, but I expect Bob Bradley will give him more playing time. Again, without knowing the full complement of midfielders for the roster, I’d estimate he’ll play around 20 games, with at least half of those being substitute appearances for the black-and-gold.
Here’s Kovar’s goal in MLS play:
- Holds an Irish passport
- Has trained and trialed with several lower-division UK teams, including Coventry City, Hibernian FC and Preston North End
- Likes to play FIFA, apparently with Sounders teammate Chad Marshall as his forward (Marshall is a center back, of course)
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