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A Malagasy sign at LA Galaxy


At the end of his contract in Troyes, Malagasy midfielder Rayan Raveloson joined LA Galaxy in MLS. Feedback on this transfer.

While the first window for MLS transfers is still open (until June 1), The prestigious LA Galaxy franchise has announced that it has recruited Malagasy midfielder Rayan Raveloson. He is the second international from the Big Island to cross the Atlantic to come and play on the North American continent. after Romain Métanire. Playing with ESTAC Troyes in Ligue 2 since 2018, the solid defensive midfielder with 34 starts in 38 games played an important role in the conquest of the title and the club’s accession to Ligue 1 quite recently. But his contract expired this summer, and LA Galaxy management jumped at the chance to offer him a three-year lease with an option year.

After a few very disappointing seasons and unworthy of his prestige, despite the passage of the star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, The LA Galaxy has a strong start this season in MLS with 12 points in five games to take second place in the Western Conference. Despite this good start, the management wishes to further improve its workforce. “Rayan is a talented, young and versatile midfielder who has been instrumental in leading his team to a title in France this season,” Galaxy Sport Director Dennis te Kloese said in the official statement. We believe he brings valuable experience and skills to our midfield and will be a positive addition to our squad. “

24 years old and born in Anosibe Ifanja, Raveloson has scored six goals and provided six assists in 90 games for Troyes where he evolved in several positions and knew develop your versatility despite his defensive profile in midfield. Previously, he made his debut in Reunion in 2013 with the SS Joan of Arc and then with the Eglantine de Vierzon in France. He was quickly noticed there to the point where Tours FC, another Ligue 2 club, brought him into their youth team in 2014. He was quick to join the first team where he played for nearly four years before being transferred to Troyes in 2018.

Raveloson is the latest LA Galaxy acquisition from French clubs since Greg Vanney, crowned by his success on the Toronto FC bench, became the coach of the Californian club during the off-season. Indeed, during the three years spent at SC Bastia (2002-2005) as a player, Greg Vanney developed connections in France and it is not surprising since his arrival at LA Galaxy, that his recruitment is focused on the side. of France. For example, recent newcomers are called Samuel Grandsir from AS Monaco (Senegal), Kevin cabral of Valenciennes FC (Cape Verde) and Sega Coulibaly from AS Nancy Lorraine (Mali); all binationals of African origin. In Raveloson’s case, the quality of his performance led him to be selected for the first time by the Madagascar national team in 2018, but he played his first official match on June 2, 2019, a friendly against Luxembourg. . Since then, he has played the CAN and totaled 12 caps and two goals on his record with Barea.

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