LAFC reels in big fish making Carlos Vela first Designated Player

Here are some social media highlights of LAFC’s signing of Carlos Vela.

of course whenever a member of El Tri heads to MLS, there are some detractors

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Wild day of events for Southern California soccer fans

The rivalry between the Galaxy and LAFC will hit the field next year. Thursday, they were battling to upstage the other with big news.

First, came the Galaxy’s announcement that they had fired Curt Onalfo and hired Sigi Schmid.

By the time Schmid was leading the Galaxy through his first training session, LAFC dropped the news that they had hired their first coach and it is a familiar face and name in Bob Bradley.

The Galaxy then ended the day with the official word that Johnathan dos Santos, Giovani’s brother, had signed with the club as the third Designated Player.

https://twitter.com/LAGalaxy/status/890766764933431296

what will tomorrow hold?

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Rumored LAFC target Keisuke Honda opts for Mexico and Club Pachuca

Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda was rumored to be a potential signing by LAFC. The former AC Milan man spent a couple of days training with the Orange County Soccer Club in the USL. OCSC is LAFC’s affiliate.

Honda signed with Club Pachuca in Mexico on a free transfer. Honda has been one of the European-based players that had been rumored to join MLS for years. He’s been linked with Seattle, the Galaxy and LAFC, just to name a few.

 

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Rumored LAFC target Andres Guardado heads to La Liga

Mexican international Andres Guardado was announced Friday as a new member of Real Betis after spending the last three seasons with PSV of the Eredivisie.

Guardado, 30, signed a three-year contract.

It was reported a few weeks ago that Guardado was nearing a deal with Los Angeles Football Club for the 2018 season. At the time, Guardado pushed back against the report while Mexico was playing in the Confederations Cup, saying that there have been offers from MLS clubs, but denied that any agreement had been set.

Guardado has already spent seven seasons in Spain, with Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia

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100 Percent Soccer: What are the odds Ronaldo, Chicharito or Ibrahimovic comes to LA and MLS?


Here’s the scoop on that picture.

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

Here are the odds for Cristiano Ronaldo’s next club, courtesy of Las Vegas oddsmakers Bovada.com

Manchester Utd 2/1
Paris Saint-Germain 11/2
Any Chinese Team 16/1
Any MLS Team 20/1
Bayern Munich 20/1
Chelsea 20/1
Man City 25/1
Juventus 28/1
AC Milan 33/1
Barcelona 33/1
Inter Milan 40/1
Monaco 40/1
Sporting Lisbon 50/1
Tottenham 50/1
Arsenal 66/1
Any Brazilian Team 100/1
Everton 100/1
Liverpool 100/1

Meanwhile, the Galaxy have extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with Wednesday’s road win over the Colorado Rapids.

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LAFC unveils the official Banc of California Stadium logo

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Banc of California today unveiled the official logo for Banc of California Stadium, the club’s new 22,000-seat world-class soccer stadium that will bring more than $350 million in private investment to south Los Angeles and redefine the Los Angeles landscape.

The logo embraces the stadium’s distinct architecture at the Northeast entrance viewable from Figueroa Street.

The new state-of-the-art development, which will serve as a sport, entertainment, civic, and cultural landmark, will also include a district that will be active on non-game days, 365-days of the year and will feature a large public plaza, restaurants, retail and a conference and events center.

Banc of California Stadium, schedule to open in 2018, will create approximately 1,800 permanent full-time jobs, bring over $130 million in annual economic output, improve the tax base for the city.

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Former Galaxy defender lands at Orange County SC

Oscar Sorto has signed with the Orange County SC, the club announced Thursday.

Orange County Soccer Club

Sorto, 22, is a former Galaxy Homegrown Player. He made five appearances for the first team, spending the majority of his with Galaxy II.

He was signed as a Homegrown Player in 2012 by the Galaxy. Sorto was the first defender to be signed directly from the Galaxy Academy.

Sorto was out of contract with the Galaxy following the 2016 season.

“We are excited for Oscar to join our organization,” Orange County SC coach Logan Pause said. “He is a talented young full back, who immediately strengthens our team and we are keen to continue his development.”

OCSC is the official affiliate of Los Angeles Football Club.

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