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How does the LA Galaxy fit Cristian Pavón onto the roster?

LA may part ways with an asset or two

Clad in black, an elated Cristian Pavon arrived in LAX early Sunday morning. As CBS’ Roger Gonzalez reports, the Boca winger has been given permission to undergo a medical and negotiate terms ahead of Wednesday’s secondary transfer window deadline.

From everything we’ve heard, it seems all interested parties are on the same page. LA need an international spot, but will likely loan Diedie Traore down to Los Dos. The only significant obstacle to completing the deal is navigating through MLS’ arcane rules to find a spot for Pavon on the roster.

With three Designated Players signed and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jona dos Santos establishing themselves as vital personnel, earlier in the year there was speculation Romain Alessandrini could be placed on the season ending injury replacement list after knee surgery sidelined the Frenchman for four months.

However with the influential DP inching closer to a return and a potential move too complicated to likely manuever in time, the most probable scenario finds LA padding down either Alessandrini or Pavon’s salary (reported in the $2 million range) with TAM and GAM.

To accomplish this, the LA Galaxy may have to depart with one, maybe even two players. The 2019 roster certainly features several tradable assets.

Originally a graduate of Los Dos, center back Daniel Steres has improved his overall game over the years, and is still the club’s second leading scorer this season. The 28-year old has attracted interest abroad in the past and fills a position of need for quite a few clubs, including a New England Revolution team led by former Galaxy manager Bruce Arena. With Diego Polenta and Giancarlo Gonzalez penciled in to lead the LA defense for the unforeseeable future, now might be the time to cash in on the center back.

Quality domestic defenders are a valuable resource, which is what makes Dave Romney a potentially enticing asset for other clubs. The left back has the versatility to line up anywhere on the back line and his $102,000 salary is quite manageable.

Fan favorite Emmanuel Boateng has attracted interest from other clubs in the past, but the speedy winger might not have the same demand of the two defenders. Of course, should a team seek to play hardball, right back Rolf Feltscher could find himself expendable as well.

Tuesday morning

The LA Galaxy shipped Ema Boateng to D.C. United for TAM and traded cash with Orlando City SC to net $386,220 in TAM. Last night, word came out that Jorgen Skjelvic could be heading to Sweden to clear more cap space.

The secondary transfer window closes tonight at 6:00 PT.