LAFC sets roster that will work to repeat as MLS Cup champions

LAFC made key roster decisions for next season, with the newly-crowned MLS champion barely making the deadline and with little time to hand in his paperwork to the league office late Monday.

General manager John Thorrington had 13 unsigned players. Of these, LAFC exercised options on midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Latif Blessing, goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau and defender Mamadou Fall, who is on loan at Spanish club Villareal CF.

The club declined options on forwards Cal Jennings and Danny Trejo and goalkeeper Tomas Romero. All three qualify for the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

LAFC also declined the option for player-designate Cristian Tello and hopes to renegotiate his contract to give the team payroll flexibility within the MLS salary cap.

According to the MLS Players Assn. the deal the winger signed with the team in August had an annual guaranteed value of $1.725 million.

LAFC is also in talks to retain free agents Ryan Hollingshead, Franco Escobar, Sebastien Ibeagha, Sebastian Mendez and Eddie Segura. LAFC sets roster that will work to repeat as MLS Cup champions

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