A bizarre rumor emerged on Monday claiming Los Angeles Football Club have offered a contract to Mexican goalkeeper Oscar “Conejo” Perez. AS is reporting that the teams have agreed to the deal, but Perez is mulling the offer over before deciding on it.
Perez currently plays for Pachuca, on loan from Cruz Azul (although he’s been at Pachuca for five years), but if you don’t know this guy he’s 45 years old. That’s not a typo — he is 45 YEARS OLD. He started his professional career in 1993, or three years before MLS even existed. When he started in the 2010 World Cup for Mexico, he was regarded as ancient. That was almost eight full years ago.
Perez has reportedly been contemplating retirement for quite some time, which is not surprising, and apparently has hung on through this season because he wanted to play in the Club World Cup last year with Pachuca, which he did.
But look — this rumor makes no sense for LAFC. If Perez were to be rostered as the No. 3 and would quickly be moving into a role as goalkeeper coach, then ok, maybe. But with Zak Abdel on the staff as GK coach and only one healthy roster ‘keeper in Tyler Miller at present, signing Perez makes zero sense. And then, you add in the international roster slot situation, with LAFC appearing to have several more international players than they have slots for, and adding a 45-year-old international makes even less sense.
So I would not expect anything here. This sounds like one of the most random rumors one could possibly come up with, and I see no chance it comes to fruition.
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