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LAFC Weekly Roundup: Roster Updates, CCL News, Important Dates, Gold Links

Official LAFC Reporter

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.

Bye, Nguyen

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.

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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!

January 9

The 2020 MLS Superdraft will be held at 9 am PT and streamed live on Twitter by MLS and ESPN.

January 25

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 LeĂłn 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).

March 1

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.

May 19-20

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.

July 30

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.

Gold Links

  • 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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Match Preview: LAFC vs. Montreal Impact

Official Sporting KC Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

The Los Angeles Football Club continues to cross teams off their revenge list. And FC Dallas was the latest victim.

The two clubs squared off in back-to-back matches with LAFC claiming revenge first as they handed Dallas their first loss in the series in a 2-0 win at the Banc of California Stadium. However, a few days later, the black-and-gold wrapped up another series by splitting points at Toyota Stadium.

Now the club will turn its focus onto another opponent coming in from the North, the Montreal Impact.

LAFC will host the Impact for the first time for their second meeting. The first time these clubs met was in Montreal on April 21, 2018, in which the black-and-gold claimed all three points in a 5-3 win.

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The Impact currently holds a 4-4-2 record on the road, while LAFC remains undefeated at home (6-0-1).

Players to look for:

Carlos Vela is not human. There, I said it.

The Mexican captain scored a single goal in both matches of the Dallas series – adding to his already rising MLS career goal account. And he is one goal away from surpassing his previous 2018 total of 14 goals.

Andre Horta and Lee Nguyen made their long-awaited return to the pitch as late substitutions on May 16. A few days later, the duo appeared in the starting lineup for Sunday’s match along with Mohamed El-Munir.

And of course, I like to take a quick moment to recognize two players who’ve reached new career milestones this week:

  • Walker Zimmerman has now played 10,000 minutes in MLS.
  • Steven Beitashour became the first defender in MLS history with 35+ assists and 20,000+ minutes played.

One player out on injury:

Bradley again will nearly have a full roster to choose from with only Steven Beitashour out due to a left hamstring strain, an injury he picked up in the last match against FC Dallas. Alejandro Guido is listed as questionable.

Projected LAFC Starting XI

(4-3-3): Tyler Miller; Jordan Harvey, Eddie Segura, Walker Zimmerman, Josh Perez; Eduard Atuesta, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Latif Blessing; Diego Rossi, Christian Ramirez, Carlos Vela.

Piatti returns:

The Impact welcomed back Ignacio Piatti, after a two-month injury in a scoreless draw against the New England Revolution last weekend.

However, similar to the return of Horta and Nguyen, Piatti appeared as a second-half sub when he entered for Mathieu Choinière in the 66th minute. So I wouldn’t rule out a starting position but given Friday’s contest will be his second game back – he could start on the bench.

Montreal Impact’s Roster:

Montreal has three players out that could impact them:

Defender Clement Bayiha and midfielder Omar Browne are out due to injury.

Samuel Piette will also miss the match because of yellow card accumulation. Piette received his fifth caution in the last match against the New England Revolution snapping his club record of 51 consecutive starts. His disappearance in the midfield could give the home side an advantage.

Projected Montreal Impact Starting XI

(4-3-3): Evan Bush; Zachary Brault-Guillard, Zakaria Diallo, Jukka Raitala, Daniel Lovitz; Shamit Shome, Michael Azira, Saphir Taider; Orji Okwonkwo, Maxi Urruti, Mathieu Choinière.

What is your match prediction?

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