Los Angeles Football Club announced two significant moves on Wednesday, the trade of forward Christian Ramirez to the Houston Dynamo and the transfer of Uruguayan attacker Brian Rodriguez from Peñarol. Along with those key bits of news comes a third news item: LAFC and Peñarol have agreed to play a friendly against each other in 2020.
That news comes along the announcement from LAFC that they have entered a “significant partnership” with Peñarol, which in addition to the friendly is said to include “exchange of coaching, academy and player resources,” per an LAFC release.
The friendly comes after a Peñarol official mentioned that towards the beginning of the rumors concerning Rodriguez’s transfer to LAFC, saying they were discussing a January preseason trip to LA to play LAFC or take part in a preseason tournament with several clubs here. LAFC’s release does not indicate if that will be the case, or if the friendly will happen in preseason, although it should be noted that LAFC’s last international friendly, against Japanese club Vissel Kobe, did indeed take place in the preseason this year.
LAFC have now bought two players — Rodriguez and Diego Rossi — from Peñarol, and the latest transfer appeared to go well enough that the teams have agreed to keep working together in the future. Whether that means additional players will be coming on the same path remains to be seen, but at the very least a friendly between the teams is on the horizon in 2020.
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