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Toronto FC into CONCACAF Champions League final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC overcame an early injury to Jozy Altidore on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate win over Mexico’s Club America.

Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Canada, Toronto travelled to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca aiming to become only the third Major League Soccer team to reach the final in the Champions League era.

Toronto FC into CONCACAF Champions League final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC overcame an early injury to Jozy Altidore on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate win over Mexico’s Club America.

Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Canada, Toronto travelled to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca aiming to become only the third Major League Soccer team to reach the final in the Champions League era.

Adrenaline powers weary Ibrahimovic to dream debut

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic said adrenaline carried him through his fairytale debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday after two late goals completed a second half fightback for a dramatic 4-3 win over LAFC.

The 36-year-old Swedish star lashed in a sumptuous 40-yard volleyed lob to level the score at 3-3 before heading home the winner in injury time to spark pandemonium at the StubHub Center.

Ibrahimovic, Los Angeles Galaxy confirm MLS move

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Los Angeles Galaxy confirmed the Swedish star’s move to Major League Soccer on Friday, announcing the deal in a Los Angeles Times advert.

“Dear Los Angeles, you’re welcome,” the enigmatically worded full-page advert read, above Ibrahimovic’s signature and a Los Angeles Galaxy logo.

Ibrahimovic, Los Angeles Galaxy confirm MLS move

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Los Angeles Galaxy confirmed the Swedish star’s move to Major League Soccer on Friday, announcing the deal in a Los Angeles Times advert.

“Dear Los Angeles, you’re welcome,” the enigmatically worded full-page advert read, above Ibrahimovic’s signature and a Los Angeles Galaxy logo.

Glamour of the Galaxy a fitting end for ‘Indiana’ Ibra

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never shied away from the spotlight, so it is fitting that the outspoken Swede should choose Hollywood as the likely final chapter of a glittering career.

Ibrahimovic, 36, became the latest in a long line of ageing stars to swap the heights of European football by leaving Manchester United for LA Galaxy on Friday.

Glamour of the Galaxy a fitting end for ‘Indiana’ Ibra

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never shied away from the spotlight, so it is fitting that the outspoken Swede should choose Hollywood as the likely final chapter of a glittering career.

Ibrahimovic, 36, became the latest in a long line of ageing stars to swap the heights of European football by leaving Manchester United for LA Galaxy on Friday.

Ibrahimovic set for Hollywood ending after Man Utd exit

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, US media reported on Thursday.

The Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated both reported Ibrahimovic had inked a deal with the Galaxy shortly before Premier League giants Manchester United confirmed the Swedish star had been released from his Old Trafford contract.

Ibrahimovic set for Hollywood ending after Man Utd exit

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, US media reported on Thursday.

The Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated both reported Ibrahimovic had inked a deal with the Galaxy shortly before Premier League giants Manchester United confirmed the Swedish star had been released from his Old Trafford contract.

Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, US media reported on Thursday.

The Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated both reported Ibrahimovic had inked a deal with the Galaxy shortly before Manchester United confirmed the Swedish star had been released from his Old Trafford contract.

Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, US media reported on Thursday.

The Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated both reported Ibrahimovic had inked a deal with the Galaxy shortly before Manchester United confirmed the Swedish star had been released from his Old Trafford contract.

Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy – report

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, Sports Illustrated reported Thursday.

Hours after reports in Britain said Ibrahimovic had played his last game for Manchester United, Sports Illustrated reported on its website the Swedish star had inked a deal with the Galaxy.

Montreal down MLS Cup champs Toronto

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Montreal Impact notched their first win of the Major League Soccer season on Saturday, knocking off MLS Cup champions Toronto FC 1-0 in a cross-Canadian clash.

Impact newcomer Jeisson Vargas struck with a deflected finish past Toronto keeper Alex Bono minutes before halftime.

Montreal down MLS Cup champs Toronto

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Montreal Impact notched their first win of the Major League Soccer season on Saturday, knocking off MLS Cup champions Toronto FC 1-0 in a cross-Canadian clash.

Impact newcomer Jeisson Vargas struck with a deflected finish past Toronto keeper Alex Bono minutes before halftime.

North America 2026 World Cup bid names 23 candidate cities

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday unveiled 23 cities that have been chosen as potential venues for the tournament as officials prepared to submit their bid book to FIFA.

A statement from the United States-Canada-Mexico bid, which is seen as the front-runner for the expanded 48-team tournament, said FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the 23 venues submitted.

North America 2026 World Cup bid names 23 candidate cities

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday unveiled 23 cities that have been chosen as potential venues for the tournament as officials prepared to submit their bid book to FIFA.

A statement from the United States-Canada-Mexico bid, which is seen as the front-runner for the expanded 48-team tournament, said FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the 23 venues submitted.

Rossi brace lifts LAFC as dream debut continues

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Diego Rossi scored twice as Los Angeles FC’s dream start to their inaugural Major League Soccer season continued with a 5-1 romp at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Rossi scored twice and played a key role in LAFC’s other three goals as the visitors scored five unanswered goals to notch their second wins in as many matches.

Rossi brace lifts LAFC as dream debut continues

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Diego Rossi scored twice as Los Angeles FC’s dream start to their inaugural Major League Soccer season continued with a 5-1 romp at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Rossi scored twice and played a key role in LAFC’s other three goals as the visitors scored five unanswered goals to notch their second wins in as many matches.

CONCACAF 2026 World Cup bid reshuffles leadership

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint Canada-Mexico-US bid for the 2026 World Cup announced a reshuffle of its leadership on Tuesday, emphasising diversity as they seek to woo voters at a key FIFA vote in just over three months’ time.

A statement on the “United 2026” bid website said the leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico federations would now serve as co-chairs of the bid, replacing former United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who steps down.

CONCACAF 2026 World Cup bid reshuffles leadership

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint Canada-Mexico-US bid for the 2026 World Cup announced a reshuffle of its leadership on Tuesday, emphasising diversity as they seek to woo voters at a key FIFA vote in just over three months’ time.

A statement on the “United 2026” bid website said the leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico federations would now serve as co-chairs of the bid, replacing former United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who steps down.

LAFC make MLS debut with 1-0 win in Seattle

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles FC made a sensational Major League Soccer debut on Sunday with a 1-0 victory in Seattle over the 2016 MLS Cup champion Sounders.

LAFC’s arrival offers an intriguing storyline to the season that began on Saturday as they attempt to exploit the decline of five-time MLS Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy.

LAFC make MLS debut with 1-0 win in Seattle

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles FC made a sensational Major League Soccer debut on Sunday with a 1-0 victory in Seattle over the 2016 MLS Cup champion Sounders.

LAFC’s arrival offers an intriguing storyline to the season that began on Saturday as they attempt to exploit the decline of five-time MLS Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy.

South America talents reshaping Major League Soccer

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A new generation of South American players will be on display as Major League Soccer kicks off its 2018 season this weekend, highlighting the growing attractiveness of the competition as a destination for emerging talent.

More than a decade after David Beckham’s move to Los Angeles was followed by the arrival of several fading European stars, MLS teams are increasingly looking to South America to strengthen their rosters.

Inexperienced US draws with Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The US national team continued rebuilding after their World Cup failure by drawing 0-0 with Bosnia-Herzegovina in their opening game of 2018 on Sunday night.

Just 11 weeks after a humiliating qualifying round defeat to last place Trinidad and Tobago, the Americans fielded a young inexperienced squad for the exhibition match at the StubHub Center stadium in Los Angeles.

Inexperienced US draws with Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The US national team continued rebuilding after their World Cup failure by drawing 0-0 with Bosnia-Herzegovina in their opening game of 2018 on Sunday night.

Just 11 weeks after a humiliating qualifying round defeat to last place Trinidad and Tobago, the Americans fielded a young inexperienced squad for the exhibition match at the StubHub Center stadium in Los Angeles.

Arena says US ‘bad eggs’ cracked under pressure

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bruce Arena says he accepted blame for American’s World Cup failure by resigning quickly, but added there were also had a “few bad eggs” on the roster who helped spoil the team chemistry.

Three months after the US’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the former head coach opened up about the team’s shortcomings Friday at a soccer coaches forum Friday in Philadelphia.

Arena says US ‘bad eggs’ cracked under pressure

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bruce Arena says he accepted blame for American’s World Cup failure by resigning quickly, but added there were also had a “few bad eggs” on the roster who helped spoil the team chemistry.

Three months after the US’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the former head coach opened up about the team’s shortcomings Friday at a soccer coaches forum Friday in Philadelphia.

USA opts for youth with no World Cup in sight

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Acting US national team coach Dave Sarachan opted for young prospects in calling upon 30 players on Monday for the Americans annual January training camp.

The session is set to open Wednesday at Los Angeles with the culmination of workouts to be a January 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the training camp in Carson, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

USA opts for youth with no World Cup in sight

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Acting US national team coach Dave Sarachan opted for young prospects in calling upon 30 players on Monday for the Americans annual January training camp.

The session is set to open Wednesday at Los Angeles with the culmination of workouts to be a January 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the training camp in Carson, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

Teen star Gonzalez selects Mexico over USA – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonathan Gonzalez, a teen midfielder for Mexican side Monterrey, has opted to play international football for Mexico over the United States, according to reports Monday.

Univision and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Gonzalez will represent El Tri after playing for the United States at youth level.

Teen star Gonzalez selects Mexico over USA – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonathan Gonzalez, a teen midfielder for Mexican side Monterrey, has opted to play international football for Mexico over the United States, according to reports Monday.

Univision and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Gonzalez will represent El Tri after playing for the United States at youth level.

Former England defender Cole rejoins MLS Galaxy

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former England defender Ashley Cole, a long-time Premier League star with Arsenal and Chelsea, has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Major League Soccer club announced Wednesday.

The 37-year-old left back has 55 Galaxy appearances over two seasons, scoring one goal and setting up two others in 29 games for Los Angeles last season.

Former England defender Cole rejoins MLS Galaxy

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former England defender Ashley Cole, a long-time Premier League star with Arsenal and Chelsea, has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Major League Soccer club announced Wednesday.

The 37-year-old left back has 55 Galaxy appearances over two seasons, scoring one goal and setting up two others in 29 games for Los Angeles last season.

Pulisic makes history as US men’s footballer of the year

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Christian Pulisic won US Soccer’s Male Player of the Year award for 2017 in a landslide, becoming at 19 the youngest footballer to earn the honor.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder dominated the voting process, getting the nod from 94 percent of those polled.

“It really is a big honor and I just want to thank everyone who voted for me to win US Male Player of the Year,” Pulisic said in a statement on the US Soccer Federation website.

Nagbe joins Atlanta in record-breaking deal

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Los Angeles (AFP) – US international Darlington Nagbe is heading from the Portland Timbers to Atlanta United in a deal worth up to a record $1.65 million (1.4 million euros).

The exact figure of the deal depends on contract incentives, but it could exceed the most allocation money ever exchanged between two Major League Soccer Clubs in a single trade - the $1.

Nagbe joins Atlanta in record-breaking deal

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Los Angeles (AFP) – US international Darlington Nagbe is heading from the Portland Timbers to Atlanta United in a deal worth up to a record $1.65 million (1.4 million euros).

The exact figure of the deal depends on contract incentives, but it could exceed the most allocation money ever exchanged between two Major League Soccer Clubs in a single trade - the $1.

Dempsey raring to go as Sounders eye MLS repeat

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Clint Dempsey is looking forward to playing a leading role as the Seattle Sounders prepare to revisit history in a repeat Major League Soccer Cup final showdown against Toronto FC on Saturday.

Twelve months after stunning Toronto in a penalty shoot-out to lift the MLS crown for the first time, Seattle will again line up against their Canadian rivals as the curtain comes down on the North American season.

US soccer chief Gulati to step down

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati said Monday he will not seek re-election next year as the fallout from the USA’s failure to qualify for the World Cup claimed another victim.

Gulati told ESPN in an interview that he had decided not to enter the battle for the presidency of the USSF, which has seen several candidates enter the running.

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MLS: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Takes Out Full-Page Advert In Los Angeles Times Newspaper To Herald His Own Arrival At LA Galaxy (Photo)

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Because of course he has, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken out a full-page advert in Friday's LA Times newspaper to trumpet his grand arrival in the US.

After having the remaining four months of his Manchester United contract mulched earlier this week, Ibrahimovic has reportedly signed a two-year deal with LA Galaxy

While we're still awaiting confirmation of the transfer, the 36-year-old took the time to address the entire city of Los Angeles in his own typically humble style.

West Ham striker heading for exit, move reliant on incoming signing

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West Ham striker Javier Hernandez is wanted by new MLS club Los Angeles FC.

Hernandez joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen for £16 million last summer, but he has scored just four times for the club.

The 29-year-old featured in Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury Town and was largely anonymous before being substituted in the second half.