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Where are they now? Checking in on former LAFC forward Rodrigo Pacheco

Early signing getting reps in native Argentina.

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Rodrigo Pacheco was one of the first signings for Los Angeles Football Club, the Argentine striker coming over on loan in April 2017, nearly a year before the club’s first-ever game in MLS.

Pacheco was a youngster from the Lanús system, not one of the grandes of Argentine soccer but a well-respected club, and LAFC signing him seemed like a statement of intent.

In the end, that didn’t come to pass. Pacheco was loaned to LAFC’s then-affiliate in the USL, Orange County SC, for the 2017 season, and he played a handful of games, scoring once.

In 2018, after LAFC’s roster came together to start the campaign, it looked pretty clear Pacheco would be a reserve, and he came off the bench for his MLS debut in the blowout loss on the road against Atlanta United.

In the end, that was the extent of his playing time for the black-and-gold, as LAFC waived him in May 2018 and he returned to parent club Lanús.

What’s he done since then? Pacheco has stayed in Argentina, and is still under contract at Lanús. However, he’s spent this season on loan at second-division side Barracas Central, located in Buenos Aires. They aren’t doing great, sitting in 14th of 16 teams in their conference, but they are five points above the relegation spot.

Pacheco has played in seven games across all competitions for Barracas, and he’s looking for his first goal.

Here’s a shot of him in action.

Like MLS, the Argentine leagues are out of action right now due to the coronavirus pandemic. Barracas’ season was scheduled to go until the summer, but like with everything else, it’s unclear what will happen to wrap up the season. Time will tell. As for Pacheco, time will tell as well as the now 23-year-old continues to find his way in his playing career.

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