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Steve Carrillo

Podcast: Pavon as DP, puts pressure on Alessandrini?

The LA Galaxy are keeping Cristian Pavon for another year, but will Romain Alessandrini find value in taking a pay cut? And do the Galaxy have the star power for next year?

COG STUDIOS, Calif. — The LA Galaxy will get Cristian Pavon back in the 2020 season after they announced an extension to his loan. The 23-year-old will now be listed as a Designated Player and will continue to take up an international spot.

And that’s all good news, as there’s another piece to a big offseason puzzle that is known. But the Galaxy have a bunch to do, including getting through this MLS Expansion Draft on Tuesday.

Your hosts, Josh Guesman (Beat Reporter) and Kevin Baxter (LA Times Soccer Writer), take you through both the “Protected” and “Unprotected” list and tell you where the Galaxy left themselves exposed. They also tell you what they think Miami and Nashville might be looking for in an expansion player and what that could mean for the club.

But buried beneath all that talk is what the Galaxy will need to do to get Romain Alessandrini back on the roster. With Pavon currently taking up a DP slot, and with Jonathon dos Santos coming back next year, will the Galaxy risk a DP slot on Alessandrini? Or are they looking at a much smaller number for the 30-year-old Frenchman?

The pressure is now on to make a deal with Alessandrini or let him go. But if the Galaxy let him go, will they have the core group of players to continue their rise in the standings? Could the Galaxy regress in 2020? And would someone lose their job?

Sprinkled in-between all of that news and conjecture is a rumor update or two, a discussion on the MLS All-Star Game, AND an honest conversation about star power in Major League Soccer.

Are you ready for an offseason update? Because we’ve got you covered!

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