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Vela: “I hope the Mexican teams win” in CCL

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Carlos Vela may be the newest addition to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC, but the Mexican international is still rooting for his native country’s clubs to prevail in the CONCACAF Champions League.

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Three MLS clubs — the New York Red Bulls, Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC — currently hold aggregate leads over Liga MX opposition in the CCL quarterfinals, however, all three matches are far from over with a second leg left to be played.

The 29-year-old Vela believes that while the MLS sides have the upper hand for the time being that all three Liga MX opponents — Tigres, Club Tijuana and Chivas Guadalajara — are capable of overcoming deficits.

That especially goes for Tigres, who are the reigning Mexican champions. They trail Toronto by a 2-1 margin heading into their second leg tie south of the border.

“I don’t know [if I’m surprised],” Vela told reporters on Thursday. “Obviously, the teams in Mexico are strong, it’s a very competitive league and the [series] aren’t over. I think in Mexico, things will change.

“Above all, I think Tigres [can overturn the deficit], the current [Liga MX] champion and a team that has been in finals or winning for a number of years. It’s one of the strongest teams in the tournament and it’ll be hard-fought.”

The LA FC striker’s allegiance may stick with his native country and its club teams, but Vela says MLS has improved drastically and that Mexican teams cannot just walk over their opposition, which has been the case at times in the past.

Vela continued: “But I think [the results] show that the [MLS] isn’t as bad a league as people in Mexico think, that it is very physical, very competitive and you don’t play walking and that was shown [on Wednesday].

“I hope the Mexican teams win because I prefer teams from my country to win.”

Tigres, Tijuana and Chivas currently trail in their respective matches, Club America is well on its way into the semifinals after earning a convincing 4-0 win against Panama’s Tauro.

Expansion LAFC sells out of season tickets at new stadium

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The expansion Los Angeles Football Club has sold out of season-ticket packages for its inaugural season in its new downtown stadium.

LAFC announced the sellout of 17,500 full-season memberships Wednesday, four days before the team makes its MLS regular-season debut Sunday at Seattle.

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The franchise’s $350 million Banc of California Stadium is still being completed ahead of LAFC’s home debut on April 29, but the team has already sold as many season tickets as it will allow in the 22,000-seat arena.

Fans can still buy single-game tickets in the North End supporters’ section and other spots around the field.

LAFC is MLS’ 23rd franchise. The club is attracting significant attention throughout Los Angeles’ revitalized downtown, where it is building the city’s first new open-air stadium in more than 30 years.

Five best MLS kits heading into 2018 season


One of the best pleasures in kicking off a new season in any league is grading the best and worst kits.

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It’s become a past time that supporters take great pleasure in, and they won’t hesitate to voice their opinions — either positively or negatively — about their club’s newest additions in the apparel market.

Below, PST takes a look at five of the best MLS kits ahead of the 2018 season.

Los Angeles FC

We had to list both of the expansion side’s kits since after all it is their inaugural season. And honestly, they’re both pretty fresh with gold the common color in both jerseys.

Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo opted for a varying gradient pattern in the center of its new away kit, and it works well. And the reasoning behind the design very cool as well, as the two-time MLS Cup champions look to honor its diverse makeup of supporters.

San Jose Earthquakes

At first glance the Earthquakes new kit might look wrinkled, but the Charlie Brown-esque stripes actually look really sweet on this white and blue jersey. Also, if you look closer, the gradient changes going from left to right and vice versa, which makes this jersey a must-buy.

Philadelphia Union

The Union have changed the game with their new home kit, after having previously gone with vertical stripes for many years past. This time though, the navy blue and gold kit displays is turned on its side to horizontal stripes, but it looks every bit as good (if not better) than the previous jerseys.

Minnesota United

Last year’s expansion side had some difficulties on the field, but as the second-year organization looks to exemplify improvement in 2018 Minnesota will surely look good in doing so. There’s really nothing like vertical stripes on a jersey. Am I right?

Report: LA FC to sign young Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta

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Only four days separate us from the start of the 2018 MLS season, and Los Angeles FC continues to round out its roster as its inaugural campaign nears.

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ESPN FC is reporting that LA FC is on the verge of signing another promising South American talent with Independiente Medellin midfielder Eduard Atuesta.

The reported deal would be a loan of the player to the MLS side for the 2018 season.

The club put out the following statement on Tuesday, which indicates that Atuesta will join MLS, however, the Colombian side didn’t specify which team.

This season, Atuesta has played a mere 14 minutes for the club, which explains Independiente’s willingness to loan out the young midfielder.

The 20-year-old has made 44 total appearances in all competitions for Independiente since 2016, and played a role in the club’s Apertura title that same year.

Atuesta has also represented his native Colombia at the Under-20 level as recently as last year, when he and his teammates played at the South American Youth Football Championship.

First pick Joao Moutinho scores first LAFC goal in preseason

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Los Angeles FC will need all of its new assets to contribute as the club looks to find its footing in MLS during its inaugural season.

That includes the team’s first-ever MLS SuperDraft selection, who is already paying big dividends for the expansion team.

Former University of Akron defender Joao Moutinho scored the lone goal for LAFC during Sunday’s 1-0 preseason friendly win over USL side Sacramento Republic FC.

Moutinho, who has primarily played left back for LAFC during preseason, shot down the left side of the pitch in the 60th minute before blasting a low shot into the far corner.

The defender is no stranger to finding the back of the net though, after scoring three goals and adding five assists last year in his lone campaign at the University of Akron.