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Los Angeles FC signs Uruguayan winger Brian Rodriguez as designated player

Rodriguez reportedly joins LAFC on an $11.5 million transfer fee.

Los Angeles FC poached another prospect from Uruguay’s Club Atlético Peñarol on Wednesday by acquiring 19-year-old winger Brian Rodriguez as a young designated player.

Rodriguez, who made four appearances and scored two goals for Uruguay at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer, reportedly joins LAFC on an $11.5 million transfer fee, making him a record signing for the club and the third-highest acquisition in MLS history.

Los Angeles FC also announced that it has entered into “a significant partnership” with Peñarol, the reigning Uruguayan Primera Division champion, that includes a friendly between the two teams next year and “an exchange of coaching, academy and player resources.”

So far, everything else Los Angeles FC has received from Peñarol has worked out.

Diego Rossi, who has 13 goals and five assists this season, joined LAFC from the Montevideo side in December 2017. He scored the game-winner in the team’s 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution last Saturday with a slick lob and has reportedly been drawing interest from Fiorentina in Italy’s Serie A.

As for Rodriguez, LAFC said Wednesday he will be added to the roster upon receiving his International Transfer Certificate and visa.

“Brian is an exciting and dynamic player who is one of the top talents in South America,” LAFC general manager John Thorrington said in a statement released by the club. “Acquiring a player of Brian’s quality in this window is another powerful statement from LAFC about our commitment to winning and building a Club that excites our supporters.”

Rodriguez’s acquisition capped a busy transfer deadline day for LAFC, who also traded forward Christian Ramirez to the Houston Dynamo for $250,000 in allocation money and future considerations.

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