There are several individual scenarios, but instead of looking at those, I thought it best to take a 30,000-foot view of potential activity the club could take.
They do nothing
With the starting 11 set — in fact this is a team that will likely bench players who could start on any other team — a likely possibility is that the club does absolutely nothing.
As there are really no holes to fill, there really isn’t an immediate need for the club. They are solid up front, in the middle and on defense.
Consider this. Against Orlando City SC, head coach Bob Bradley had this lineup on the bench: Charlie Lyon, Dejan Jaković, João Moutinho, Tristan Blackmon, Diego Rossi, Marco Ureña, and Carlos Vela. That was ON THE BENCH!
That is a pretty solid mix of international talent and top draft picks to have to sub in.
It tells me that using the transfer market to find additional holes is not a priority for this transfer window.
I can see taking no action being a likely scenario.
Sending players out on loan
As there is little need to bring players in, another scenario is that LAFC could potentially send players out on loan to get playing time they wouldn’t normally get by staying with the club.
Let’s be honest, players like Shaft Brewer, Charlie Lyon, Steeve Saint-Duc and Calum Mallace aren’t likely to get a lot of playing time.
The club has already loaned out James Murphy (Las Vegas Lights – USL) and Nico Czornomaz (Orange County SC – USL) and it wouldn’t hurt to loan out a few more if, for no other reason, to get them on a team that will use them and get them playing time.
Currently, counting loaned out players but including Saint-Duc and fellow summer window addition Andre Horta, LAFC has 28 players on the roster. That is below the 30 allowed — including supplemental and reserve spots — but over the 20 allowed on the senior roster.
So, it could be possible that the club sends additional players out on loan.
Working the trade market
Another option for LAFC is to be a little more active on the trade market. It is how the club picked up Walker Zimmerman, Laurent Ciman, Lee Nguyen and Shaft Brewer.
LAFC gave New England Revolution $350,000 in general allocation money, $350,000 in targeted allocation money and “future considerations” for Nguyen. They gave FC Dallas a fourth-round pick and $50,000 in general allocation money under certain conditions for Brewer.
So, it is realistic that the club could look at player swaps or outright sell players to recoup general allocation, targeted allocation, allocation list ranking or conditional SuperDraft picks for players that may not be needed.
If this were the case, I would not expect to see any blockbusters as it would be highly unlikely the club would want to part with players like Vela, Rossi, Ciman, Blessing or Diomande. But, they could send a player like Mallace to another club for allocation dollars to help recoup what was spent on Nguyen or Brewer.
Additionally, the club has 11 international players on the roster, which is over the limit — if you count Czornomaz and Saint-Duc.
So, if they were to bring anyone in, it would likely have to be either a U.S.- or Canadian-based player, unless they find some green cards.
In all, I see the first two options as being the most realistic. Either leaving the team the way it is and making no moves or loaning a few players out to USL or international teams could be an option to provide learning and on-field playing experience.
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