Following in the footsteps of MLS sides like the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York City FC, who have made a habit of signing stars, another expansion club is looking to follow that same pathway.
ESPN FC is reporting that Los Angeles FC — which will enter MLS in 2018 — has named Premier League duo Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas, Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and several others as potential transfer targets.
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The club has reportedly shortlisted at least 10 potential players the team could sign in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Club president and owner Tom Penn confirmed the club’s interest in a “global” figure, however, he wouldn’t discuss specific targets.
“We wouldn’t discuss specific players,” said Penn. “But we have spoken generally about the desire for a player of global stature.”
MLS has drawn some of global soccer’s biggest stars to North America over recent years, including NYCFC forward David Villa, Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC and Orlando City’s Kaka.
While MLS scheduling has been a concern over the years for many that denounce the league, Penn sees the opportunity for players to play in the summer months as a big drawing point for prospective acquisitions.
“We think there is a real opportunity, with the way our calendar falls, off-cycle, to offer quality games throughout the summer window,” Penn said. “The quality of play in MLS has advanced and LA would be a very comfortable place for a player from Central America, South America, Asia or Europe to come and play and ripen.
“We are open to being the place where that can occur and they can then go and enjoy a grander career after that. We believe that if that occurs, 10 more will follow, because it is such an appealing place to evolve.”Follow @MattReedFutbol