Future Watch: Brian Rodriguez Soccer Cards, Los Angeles FC

Future Watch: Brian Rodriguez Soccer Cards, Los Angeles FC – In just their third season, MLS side Los Angeles Football Club has established a pipeline to young talent down in South America. One such young phenom is winger Brian Rodriguez.

The 20-year old from Tranqueras, Uruguay is quite simply on another level. Rodriguez was brought into LAFC from his former club in his native land, Peñarol. He arrived in August of last year and it was immediately clear the talent he possesses. He is fearless when attacking defenders on the football. He has unbelievable pace and can run by the opposition. He is quick in tight spaces but has size and does not get moved off the ball physically.

Rodriguezs first touch with either foot is so smooth and it usually sets him a step or two ahead of his defender as well. He can score and is willing to look for his teammates if they are in a better position to put the ball in the net. He does not back away from digging in defensively and when he does win back the ball, an immediate counterattack is almost always the result.

The man they call Rayito took some time to adapt to both his teammates and the style of play within the league. He is starting to exert his will and skill on the pitch much more easily. Through five appearances so far this regular season, he has one goal and three assists. His accuracy in front of the goal still must be improved. He has 19 shots in those five matches, with six on goal. But that will come. Rodriguez is simply too talented to be denied for long.

Rodriguez has also been a hit internationally for Uruguay. He has two goals and an assist in four games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2019 and three goals for the full international side as well.

It will not be a surprise to see Rodriguez transferred to one of Europe’s top leagues. His offensive talents would fit in anywhere in the footballing world.

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Rodriguez is making his cardboard debut this year, including in the upcoming 2020 Topps MLS Soccer Cards product. Others are sure to follow, as will a growing fan base!

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Dave Denholm