League first in MLS


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‘I saw my friends die in the street’: Mohamed El-Munir’s journey from Libya to LAFC


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The defender has forged a professional career after leaving the chaos of his homeland. But his thoughts are always with those he has left behind

When the Libyan revolution started, Mohamed El-Munir was a 19-year old playing for Al-Ittihad Tripoli. “Nobody expected it,” the Los Angeles FC defender tells the Guardian. “It just happened so fast. We just finished the first half of the season, so we were getting ready to play the second half. The problems started and they said, ‘We’re going to stop the league for a week or 10 days until we solve these problems.’”

Chaos quickly ensued. “I had to see many of my friends die in the street,” the 27-year-old says. “If I had to go out, I wouldn’t know if I was going to come back. We didn’t have electricity from 7 o’clock to 12, 1 o’clock. In June or July, it Continue reading “‘I saw my friends die in the street’: Mohamed El-Munir’s journey from Libya to LAFC”

The Leagues Cup matters for MLS and Liga MX


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Why NBA stars like James Harden and LeBron James invest in soccer clubs


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Even though MLS clubs cannot compete with the other US sports leagues in terms of income, soccer is seen as a growing market for wealthy athlete-investors

James Harden’s summer of soccer continues. Earlier this month, the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player had a kickaround at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. And he was at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, enjoying Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over Real Madrid while his new club picked up three points in Toronto. Two days prior, the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash announced that Harden has purchased a minority stake in the group that controls the MLS and NWSL clubs and their 22,000-capacity stadium.

In simpler and less lucrative times, sports stars might have been content to open a memorabilia-filled steakhouse or bar in the cities where they became local legends. Now they are so wealthy – Harden’s salary for the coming season is $38m – that Continue reading “Why NBA stars like James Harden and LeBron James invest in soccer clubs”

MLS Week 20: Zlatan vs LAFC


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Portland’s difficult season


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DC wins, draw in Portland


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Bruce Arena revamps the Revs


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Atlanta shuts out Houston, Revs win again


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The Long Game


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I will get back on the Clipboard later today to tackle the right back position, but first let’s get into the transfer scene surrounding Red Bulls defender Aaron Long. This technically rates as an Offside Flag because I can confirm that rumored suitor Southampton is in fact not after the reigning MLS Defender of the Year – but the true parts of the story are actually more interesting.As noted over

LAFC, the Galaxy, and rivalry games


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Aaron Long and the Red Bulls way


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The friendly situation in MLS


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The new MLS playoff problem


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Another round of MLS expansion


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The early MLS Rookie of the Year candidates


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Bruce Arena’s MLS history lesson


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Bob Bradley recovers from Swansea nightmare as LAFC take MLS by storm


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The former USA coach admitted he ‘failed’ during his brief stay in the Premier League. But his new team are close to unstoppable this season

Los Angeles already had the most successful franchise in Major League Soccer history. A team that have won more championships (five) and made more MLS Cup finals (nine) than any other. Between 2011 and 2014, three titles were delivered by an array of global superstars and a coach once dubbed the Sir Alex Ferguson of American soccer.

LAFC’s unashamed aim was always to usurp the Galaxy when they made their MLS debut last year. The way they saw it, Los Angeles didn’t even have a team, with the Galaxy playing their games out by the tennis courts and suburban communities of Carson. LAFC, on the other hand, play so close to downtown that the skyline is visible between the stands of the Banc of California Continue reading “Bob Bradley recovers from Swansea nightmare as LAFC take MLS by storm”

MLS Week 19: Comebacks for DC, LAFC, and San Jose


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Cap Cultivaters


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