By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 23, 2019) US Soccer Players - Moving forward with a squad still in the process of building is Los Angeles Football Club’s focus now. Letting a key player walk amongst all of that may be both a curse and a blessing. Reports linked Carlos Vela with a potential loan move to Barcelona, one that would keep him away from LAFC until July. While rumors quickly flared up . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 2, 2019) US Soccer Players - It is now officially 2019 and with the New Year comes the chance to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch. For MLS teams, the slate-wiping has been going on for a bit. With the calendar changing, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. All this change is really going to happen. Just how all of the changes within clubs like the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - Much has happened in one year. Before 2017 was up, nobody knew what to expect from LAFC. The MLS expansion team seemed more like an abstract idea rather than a bona fide club. The Galaxy looked like a mess of a team with an uncertain future. Fast forward one year, and both LA clubs went through much change and growth. LAFC is no . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 7, 2018) US Soccer Players - Normally, a season in which a team loses its regular-season finale and a knockout-round match within a span of five days would be a failure. In most instances, that would certainly classify as one. Especially since the regular season finale was for the conference title and a playoff top seed. 2018 is far from a failure for LAFC even . . .
The soccer news starts with the away teams in the MLS knockout round. Columbus needed penalties to see off DC United at Audi Field. In a back and forth game, Frederic Brillant put DC up in the 21st minute. Federico Higuain equalized in the 30th minute. With the game in extra time, Higuain scored again in the 96th. Nick DeLeon equalized in the 116th to send the game to penalties. Columbus advanced . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 29, 2018) US Soccer Players - When LAFC began constructing the roster for its first-ever MLS campaign, the club fortified the defense first and foremost. Upon completion of the MLS expansion draft in December, LAFC had its first-ever center back pairing. The new club landed veteran defender Laurent Ciman after dealing away two expansion draft selections to . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 29, 2018) US Soccer Players - Laurent Ciman scored the first-ever goal in Banc of California Stadium history back on April 21. The center back hit a hard, low free-kick that Seattle’s Stefan Frei fumbled into his net. LAFC would go on to win the game, creating an indelible memory for the capacity crowd in the venue and for all of the new fans of Major League . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 22, 2018) US Soccer Players - Ask an MLS fan what the best rivalry in the league is, and the answer may depend on whether that fan is closer to the East or West Coast. The New York Red Bulls vs DC United is a long-standing rivalry considered by many to be the best derby in MLS. It's the same for Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders. Someday, perhaps even in the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 8, 2018) US Soccer Players - For as great of a debut MLS season as LAFC is having, nothing is certain. LAFC seems poised for a playoff spot, but that is not a sure thing yet. If the playoffs do happen, the team is not guaranteed a spot in the conference final or MLS Cup. History says the expansion club will not even reach the playoffs. Right now, there is one . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 8, 2018) US Soccer Players - The MLS secondary transfer windows officially closes at midnight on Wednesday, meaning teams have just a few more hours to finish any business for the balance of the 2018 season. The deadline doesn’t often spur a flurry of trades and transfers as it might in other leagues. Still, a few transactions did go down on Tuesday that will . . .