It’s safe to say Cristian Pavon has gotten off to a fast start in Major League Soccer.
Reunited with Boca Juniors manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Maestro has recorded two goals and eight assists for the LA Galaxy in his first ten games. Averaging 2.5 key passes and 2.9 dribbles per match, the Argentine international’s dexterity in the final third has transformed a predictable attack into something greater.
How good has Pavón been? Before his arrival the common consensus was Ibra would be finished with MLS at the conclusion of the 2019 season; now there’s a growing belief Zlatan might want to stick around another year.
With Pavon’s cutback leading to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 29th goal of the season, the Argentine has now logged an assist in seven consecutive matches, tying Pavón with Andy Williams of Real Salt Lake for 2nd on the all-time list. With another assist during the season finale Sunday at Houston, Pavón would share the record with former LA Galaxy player Martin Machon, who was with the Miami Fusion at the time.
Between playoff seeding, the Golden Boot and the consecutive assist record, there’s a lot to play for on Sunday.