By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
LAFC shares points with D.C. United
Los Angeles Football Club played more than a half with a man down but could not hold on for a win – as they tied 1-1 with D.C. United.
Diego Rossi opened the scoring sheet with a ball off a cross and led the black and gold in the first half, but Dejan Jakovic‘s red card in first-half stoppage time – for a sliding challenge on Paul Arriola – eventually took its toll on LAFC. Darren Mattocks ensured D.C. would not return to the east coast empty-handed by leveling the match in the 84th minute. Moments after, newcomer Adama Diomande made his club debut.
LAFC will be back on the road when they visit FC Dallas on Saturday, June 2.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
On Thursday, the fourth round draw of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup took place in Chicago. Appearing in their first-ever tournament in club history, LAFC will host Fresno FC in the fourth round on June 6 at 7 PM at Banc of California Stadium.
Some fun matchups on deck!
— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) May 24, 2018
Sporting Kansas City is the current reigning champions.
MLS All-Star Fan Voting
The 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI voting is officially open!
Major League Soccer unveiled the fan ballot for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, featuring eight players from all 23 clubs as nominated by national media.
Fans can vote for their favorite player once per day on the MLS App and the EA Sports “More Than A Vote” Challenge. Fans can continue to vote for their favorite players online at MLSsoccer.com starting on June 8 at 9 a.m. CT. Fan voting will run until June 20.
You can vote once per day and every submission will be entered to win a VIP trip to the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Also, you can earn a bonus contest entry if you share your picks after voting. Fans can vote for 10 players – a goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards. The third forward will be selected within the FIFA 17 with players every time you score a goal using a forward on the ballot that player will receive a vote.
The following LAFC players are eligible for fan voting:
- Goalkeeper: Tyler Miller
- Defenders: Steven Beitashour, Laurent Ciman, and Walker Zimmerman
- Midfielder: Benny Feilhaber
- Forwards: Diego Rossi, Marco Ureña, and Carlos Vela
The MLS All-Stars will face seven-time defending Italian Serie A champions Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Aug. 1 in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. The summer showcase will air at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN, UniMás, TSN and TVA Sports domestically as well as across 170 countries globally.
The Road to Russia
LAFC now has five potential players going to Russia this summer.
On Monday, Belgium announced their 23-man provisional roster for the World Cup giving captain Laurent Ciman his second selection. Although, he did not play in Brazil, he could finally get his chance to play in the world’s biggest tournament this summer.
The 32-year-old has started every LAFC game thus far. If Ciman makes the trip, he could potentially miss six games or more for the black and gold.
On Tuesday, the Black and Gold hosted their first international friendly against Borussia Dortmund. The game showcased young talent like Aaron Kovar, Nicolas Czornomaz, James Murray, Charlie Lyon, and Shaft Brewer also saw the pitch as new faces.
Although, this match didn’t mean anything it has opened up doors for future international match ups.
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