Los Angeles FC acquired Colombian forward Cristian Arango from Millonarios FC using Targeted Allocation Money and occupying an international roster slot. The fee will not be disclosed by the team as per league rules, but MLS sources report the player cost an estimated $2.5m.
Arango joins Major League Soccer from Millonarios in his home country, where he recorded 22 goals in 58 overall appearances.
“Cristian is an accomplished striker and an important acquisition for us at this stage of the season,” LAFC co-president & general manager John Thorrington said in a club statement. “We believe that he will be a great fit and, given his age and experience, will help us now and into the future.”
Earlier in his career, Arango spent time with Valencia's B team followed by a stint with Benfica. He’s arrival in Los Angeles provides Bob Bradley another option for center forward, joining Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela up top for LAFC’s offense.
Arango is the third move for LAFC so far during the second MLS transfer window after trading Mark-Anthony Kaye to the Colorado Rapids and Corey Baird to the Houston Dynamo. The departure of Kayre and Baird returned a reported $2m in General Allocation Money as well as freeing up two international roster spots for LAFC.
The Los Angeles-based team currently sits in fifth on the Western Conference table with 23 points in 16 matches.