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LAFC announce departure of Josh Perez

Youngster moves on after a little over a season at club.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club announced a departure on their playing squad on Friday, as forward/midfielder Josh Perez has left by mutual agreement, according to the club.

Perez, 22, played for LAFC for the tail-end of the 2018 season and all of 2019. Often an option off the bench, Perez could play both in midfield and forward, and while he showed a number of promising moments in the buildup in attack, he seemed snake-bitten in his finishing and ended up scoring one goal (albeit an impressive one).

At one point the top American prospect at his age group, ahead of Christian Pulisic, Perez showed signs of growth for LAFC but did not look like he was about to break out to be a star, more of a steady MLS pro. It’s unclear where his next step is, he’s played in Italy for Fiorentina’s youth team and now in MLS, will he go to Latin America for his next stop? Another spot in North America? Europe?

Perez’s somewhat surprising departure likely means more playing time is on tap for the likes of Adrien Perez, Alejandro Guido and perhaps Bryce Duke in 2020. Best of luck to Josh and we’ll see what’s next for him and for LAFC.

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