By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
Welcome, Danny Musovski
LAFC finally announced their first signing for the 2020 season as the Nevada native joins the Black and Gold from USL Championship side Reno 1868 FC.
Musovski played at UNLV before being drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in 2018. He was loaned to Reno for the 2018 season and returned for 2019 after his contract was not renewed by the Quakes. The forward went on to log in 16 goals in 40 games in a two-year span, including 11 goals in 2019.
The 24-year-old is more likely to be a depth signing. But could be used as another position switch experiment like Latif Blessing and Mark-Anthony Kaye.
Lee Nguyen was selected as the third pick for Inter Miami CF during the 2019 Expansion Draft. In exchange, LAFC will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money, and the remaining unprotected LAFC players were taken off the table for selection for the remainder of the Expansion Draft.
The 33-year-old attacking midfielder spent most of the 2018 season and all of 2019 with LAFC, making 48 regular-season appearances with the black and gold, scoring three goals and nine assists.
Miami’s selection does not come as a complete shock but is unfortunate due to Nguyen’s contributions to the squad. And he will be greatly missed.
Additional Roster Moves
Like most clubs, LAFC released their contract options on November 21 with a few surprises.
The club declined the options of defenders Lamar Batista and Dejan Jaković, and midfielders Javier Perez and Peter-Lee Vassell. They will all be greatly missed.
LAFC also extended a bona fide offer to goalkeeper Tyler Miller, retaining his rights which made him ineligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft. However, LAFC Central is reporting that Miller is on his way out and could join the Portland Timbers.
Defenders Steven Beitashour and Jordan Harvey are out of contract and are eligible for free agency.
The club is currently engaged in contract negotiations with several out-of-contract players so we could still see Beitashour and Harvey return for the upcoming 2020 MLS season.
CONCACAF Champions League
The 2019 Supporters’ Shield winner enters their first-ever international competition as LAFC faces Liga MX Club Leon in the round of 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Champions League features the top 16 clubs in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, facing off in home-and-away knockout rounds. In each round, the team with the most combined goals at the end of both games advances. LAFC is looking to become the first MLS team to win the tournament in its current format.
The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League will face the champions of the world’s other five confederations, such as the UEFA Champions League, in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup.
Tickets are on sale now and dates will be released soon.
Mark your calendars!
The 2020 MLS Superdraft will be held at 9 am PT and streamed live on Twitter by MLS and ESPN.
It is being reported by multiple sources that the Black and Gold will host Uruguayan club Peñarol at the Banc on January 25, as the Manyas travel to the west coast for a 10-day preseason camp.
February 18 – 20 and February 25-57
LAFC will travel to León for the first match for CCL’s round of 16 series (Feb. 18 – 20), and will host the second leg at the Banc of California Stadium (Feb. 25 – 27).
Shortly after the second leg, LAFC is set to open the 2020 MLS season on Sunday, March 1, as they host inaugural side Inter Miami CF.
The Black and Gold will begin their quest for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on May 19-20 during the Round of 32.
The 2020 MLS All-Star Game is coming to the Banc to face the Liga MX All-Stars for this summer’s marquee match with LAFC’s head coach Bob Bradley at the helm.
- LAFC signs Martin “RemiMartinn” Oregel as the Black and Gold’s first eMLS player in club history.
- Major League Soccer and LAFC honored Los Angeles Football Club EVP and CBO Larry Freedman as the 2019 Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year.
- The 3252 is hosting the holiday toy and sandwich drive and the annual charity art show. Follow the 3252 on twitter for more information.
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