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LAFC part ways with Pol Calvet Planellas, Jordan Jones

2018 draft picks did not get deals.

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Jones (in red) won’t be joining the expansion team in 2018.
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Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday that 2018 MLS SuperDraft picks Pol Calvet Planellas and Jordan Jones have not been offered MLS contracts and have departed the team’s preseason camp.

Calvet Planellas, a midfielder who played collegiately at Pitt and who had come through the FC Barcelona youth system, and Jones, a forward who played NCAA soccer at Oregon State, were the third and fourth SuperDraft picks, respectively, of LAFC in January.

Calvet Planellas appeared to be a long shot for a contract from the beginning, considering his international status and the fact that LAFC appear to be right at or perhaps exceeding their current quota of international roster spots, and Jones did not play in last week’s friendly and had not been shown in any training shots of late.

However, although both players are now free agents and free to sign professional deals elsewhere, LAFC hold their MLS rights for two years, so if either player were to be signed by another MLS team, LAFC would be due compensation (most likely allocation money) in order for said team to make it official.

LAFC’s other two draft picks this year are almost certainly sticking around for the season. Joao Moutinho is already on the roster as he has a Generation Adidas contract, and while Tristan Blackmon has not been officially announced as a signing, all indications are that the No. 3 overall pick this year will indeed get a deal with the expansion team.

Best of luck to Pol and Jordan moving forward.

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