Speedy winger Kevin Cabral signs five-year deal with Galaxy
The Galaxy continued their lineup overhaul Thursday, signing flexible forward Kevin Cabral as a young designated gamer on a transfer from second-division French club Valenciennes.
Cabral, 21, is a quick winger who mainly uses the left side. He made a career-high 32 looks in all competitors this season, beginning 31 times and setting profession bests for objectives (10) and helps (4). However with Valenciennes stuck in the middle of the Ligue 2 standings, in little risk of transfer however with long shot of promo, the group chose to offer him.
Cabral is the youngest designated player in franchise history and his deal is for five seasons with a one-year club option, believed to be the longest deal in Galaxy history. Financial terms of the contract were not announced however the French sports daily L’Equipe has reported Cabral’s transfer fee at $5.9 million.
Cabral’s signing means the Galaxy have moved on, at least temporarily, from Cristian Pavón, the Argentine World Cup player who led the group in scoring while on loan last season. Cabral primarily plays on the left wing, the same position as Pavón, and Cabral has taken the team’s final DP spot, which the Galaxy had been holding for Pavón.
The Galaxy were close to acquiring Pavón from Boca Juniors, his Argentine club, but the deal stalled after Pavón was accused of rape in Argentina. Pavón has denied the charges, and the case remains in court.
Cabral is the 12th gamer the Galaxy have added this winter under new coach Greg Vanney and the fifth to come to MLS from a European club, suggesting a change in the team’s scouting focus. In two years under Argentine Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the previous Galaxy manager, the team signed 26 players, 12 of whom were born in Latin America.
Vanney cautioned against reading too much into that.
“It doesn’t matter to me where players come from,” he said. “I look at what is the skill set, what is the role we need defined within our team and who is the best player to fit that role. If that player comes from South America, from Asia, from Europe or anywhere it doesn’t make a difference.”
Born in Paris to a family from Cape Verde, Cabral trained with the Paris Saint-German youth system before finalizing with Valenciennes permanently in 2017.
“Kevin was brought up by the coaching staff, and specifically Greg, who has been following [him] for a long time,” general manager Dennis te Kloese said. “Obviously he’s young, which gives him some room to develop. On the other hand he’s been developed at a very good academy.
“I think he can be a very good asset to the club Greg is putting together.”
To complete the signing, the Galaxy sent $250,000 in general allocation money and a 2022 first-round SuperDraft pick to FC Cincinnati in exchange for Cabral’s discovery rights. Cincinnati will also get an additional $100,000 in general allocation money if the Galaxy quality for the MLS playoffs twice while Cabral is with the group. i
Cabral is expected to join the Galaxy in Tucson, where the group is playing in a preseason tournament. The Galaxy open the 26th MLS season on April 18 in South Florida against David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
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