Looking to bolster its already lethal frontline, LAFC signed forward Rodolfo Zelaya. The transaction — which involved a transfer from Alianza FC, a club in El Salvador’s top division — won’t use one of LAFC’s international slots because Zelaya already holds a green card. He will join the team once he receives his International Transfer Certificate.
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The 30-year-old helped lead Alianza FC to four league titles in five seasons, finishing with 10 goals as the league-winning team’s captain last season. In his career with the cub, Zelaya holds the all-time leading goalscorer record with 122 goals, including 29 in the 2017 season alone.
“We’re pleased to secure a player of Rodolfo’s quality as we continue our preparations for the 2019 season,” general manager John Thorrington said. “Rodolfo is a proven goalscorer, both at the club and international levels, and he will add another dimension to our attack. Along with our supporters, we are excited to welcome him to Los Angeles and integrating him to the group as soon as possible.”
Zelaya has played for a variety of overseas clubs, including A.D.I. Intipucá in his rookie year, CD Chalatenango, Mexico’s Club Leon and Russia’s FC Alania Vladikavkaz. He has become a mainstay for the Salvadoran national team, earning 44 caps and 36 stars in the last ten years of international play and notching 21 goals for his country.