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Report: Galaxy look to buy Pavon, let Boca Juniors keep stake

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This could be some sort of brilliance from the LA Galaxy, a miniature version of what Atlanta United did with Miguel Almiron.

The Galaxy are said to be willing to purchase 70 percent of much-desired Cristian Pavon for $12 million, putting the 23-year-old Boca Juniors playmaker and nine-times capped Argentine on the books for his former coach, Gulleirmo Barros Schelotto.

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That $12 million figure somewhere between half — according to Transfermarkt — and a lesser fraction of what Pavon is expected to one day fetch from any number of suitors, including Arsenal.

MLSSoccer.com suspects that the Galaxy would cut ties with injured Romain Alessandrini in order to add Pavon as a Designated Player.

Instead of setting up Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi as he did for Argentina on his two international assists, Pavon would then help set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a half-season (or more). And then, perhaps as early as the January window, Pavon could get its money back and then some.

Yet while Almiron’s draw to Atlanta United was the idea of playing for Tata Martino, the Galaxy’s coach already has managed Pavon. There should be little transition period, although we’ve seen that can be tricky in the case of Atlanta’s new boy, Pity Martinez.

The Galaxy are already a contender for MLS Cup, but LAFC stands in their way. That’s the one club in the league — sorry San Jose — who the Galaxy cannot afford to let look like a clearly superior side.

The timing of this report serves some notice that it could be a vehicle to inspire bigger bids from the Gunners and other international suitors this early in the transfer window. The MLS window, after all, does not open again until July 9.

Report: LA Galaxy agree terms with Boca Juniors boss Schelotto

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s new boss has a pretty nice resume.

The LA Times’ Kevin Baxter says the LA Galaxy have reached an agreement with a new manager: longtime Columbus Crew star and recent Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

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The 45-year-old Argentine won the Primera Division in both seasons with Boca, leading Lanus to the Copa Sudamericana in 2013.

A former MLS MVP, Schelotto is tasked with restoring one of the biggest clubs in league history to glory. The Galaxy have lost ground not only in the league, but in their town. LAFC made the playoffs in its first season while the Galaxy failed to make the postseason.

From the LA Times:

When Schelotto joins the Galaxy for the opening of training camp in Carson in 3½ weeks, he will become the team’s fifth head coach in 26 months. Bruce Arena, a five-time MLS Cup winner, left in November 2016 after leading the Galaxy to its last playoff berth. He was replaced by Curt Onalfo, coach of Galaxy II, the team’s United Soccer League affiliate. Onalfo was fired after just 20 games and replaced by Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history.

Schmid (narrator voice) failed badly with a talented, veteran-laden team which included Ibrahimovic, Ola Kamara, and both Jonathan and Giovani Dos Santos.

Schelotto leaves Boca Juniors after Copa Libertadores loss

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Boca Juniors confirmed the departure of head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto on Friday, five days after losing to domestic rivals River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.

Schelotto steered the club impressively through the Copa Libertadores all the way to the final where they were halted by fellow Argentinian club River over two legs, the second leg taking place in Madrid after fan violence in Buenos Aires. The domestic season, however, has been a relative struggle for the club, as they sit sixth in the 26-team table, 12 points back of leaders leaders Racing Club. The club won the title last season under Schelotto as well as the year before, so expectations are high.

Schelotto joined Boca Juniors in 2016, a club he made 300 appearances for as a player across a decade of service time. The 45-year-old has just one other managerial stint on his resume, a three-year spell at fellow Argentinian club Lanus before joining Boca.

“The best thing for Boca is to start the year making a change – search for a new coaching staff and start all over from scratch,” said Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici in a news conference. Schelotto was sitting beside Angelici at the presser, and said, “Despite not winning the Copa Libertadores, I leave at peace knowing that I left it all on the field. This is the best decision that we could have taken.”

Schelotto’s contract expires on December 31, and Boca does not play another match until restarting its league campaign against Newell’s Old Boys on January 26, giving the club ample opportunity to find a new manager and allow him time to begin with the squad.

Angelici said that Schelotto “has left the bar very high,” a nod to his popularity among fans, given his success with the club as both a player and a manager. Along with winning two league titles as manager, Schelotto won three Copa Libertadores titles as a player before moving to Major League Soccer in 2007, joining the Columbus Crew.

While Angelici said no talks are currently under way with a successor, names such as Gabriel Heinze, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Gustavo Alfaro have all been rumored in the media.

Report: Atlanta eyeing Schelotto, Milito as Tata replacements

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Atlanta United’s targets to replace Gerardo “Tata” Martino both have close connections to the Argentine former boss of Barcelona.

Both candidates have represented Argentina, with one an MLS legend in the form of Columbus Crew midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

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Mundo Albiceleste reports that Atlanta United power brokers Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra are in Argentina meeting with Schelotto.

The 45-year-old spent his playing career with Gimnasia La Plata, Boca Juniors, and Columbus Crew, winning an MLS Cup and MLS MVP Award. He’s since been the manager of Boca Juniors, winning more than 60 percent of his matches.

Should that fail, the report says Atlanta would love to bring in former Barcelona midfielder Gabriel Milito. At 38, Milito has managed Estudiantes, Independiente, and O’Higgins.

Getting Schelotto to leave Boca seems a mighty ask, though things in Argentina soccer have been less than ideal. Milito seems a bigger risk. For all of his playing experience, he’s already had three managerial stops in four years.

Report: Boca Juniors boss, ex-MLS MVP Schelotto up for LAFC job

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Many have touted Bob Bradley as the first coach in Los Angeles FC history given his terrific record and time at nearby Chivas USA.

But it’s another MLS legend who is getting the headlines in the race for the gig, as Sports Illustrated reports that Guillermo Barros Schelotto is a candidate for the job.

Schelotto led Argentine club Lanus to the Copa Sudamericana crown in his first managerial stint, and was appointed Palermo boss before certification issues led to his resignation. He has moved onto manage continental super power Boca Juniors.

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He spent one season with Gimnasia La Plata after a terrific run with Columbus Crew that saw him nab an MLS Cup and two Supporters’ Shields. Schelotto starred for Gimnasia to start his career before making 300-plus appearances with Boca Juniors, and was capped 10 times by Argentina.

Between Bradley or Schelotto, let alone the Javier Hernandez rumors, LAFC looks poised to make a splash ahead of its 2018 debut.