Uruguayan striker Brian Rodriguez returns to LAFC after loan


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Uruguayan striker Brian Rodriguez returned to Los Angeles after a short loan to UD Almería in Spain’s second division.

The LAFC announced the official return of Rodriguez on Thursday. Technically, he returned to LAFC within a month after his lease expired, but his return to training was delayed due to his participation in the Copa America tournament, while the LAFC accepted offers from other clubs for his services.

Rodriguez left for Spain in February after two promising seasons at LAFC. Almeria had the opportunity to make the loan permanent, but Rodriguez did not score any goals and scored one assist in 16 games with a club that was unable to move to La Liga.

Rodriguez is an up-and-coming playmaker and scorer who has yet to turn his talents into statistical success, but LAFC coach Bob Bradley remains optimistic about his potential. Rodriguez played 26 MLS matches for the LAFC, scoring his first two goals last season after being acquired as a young designated player in August 2019.

The comeback should give additional momentum to the LAFC, which has just lost once since May after a slow start to the season. The club climbed to fifth place in the Western Conference, 5-4-3.


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