Argentine forward Cristian Pavón will remain in Los Angeles for another year. The LA Galaxy announced Monday they have extended their loan deal with Boca Juniors for Pavón through the end of the 2020 Major League Soccer season.
Pavón will occupy designated player and international slots on the Galaxy’s 2020 roster.
The Galaxy acquired Pavón on loan from Boca Juniors in August, reuniting the player with his former manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto. The 23-year-old contributed three goals and eight assists in 11 regular-season appearances, all starts. Pavón added another goal in two MLS Cup playoff starts for LA.
Despite his brief time with the Galaxy last season, Pavón’s immediate impact earned him a spot in Pro Soccer USA’s ranking of the league’s top 50 players in 2019.
Pavon’s loan extension gives the Galaxy needed firepower and continuity in attack. The team will have to navigate the challenge of replacing superstar forward Zlatan Ibrahimović, who announced last week he will not return to LA in 2020. Ibrahimović scored 52 goals and added 17 assists over 56 regular-season appearances for the Galaxy in 2018 and ’19
LA went 4-5-2 with Pavón in the lineup during regular-season play in last season. The Galaxy defeated Minnesota United in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs before falling to crosstown rival Los Angeles FC in the Western Conference semifinals.