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Fabregas praises Vela vs. Germany, not impressed by Ronaldo

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was left off the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup, and has been working as a pundit for the BBC.

Friday morning found him posting a column — well, we doubt he handled the posting — on the tournament so far, one that talked about how Spain rebounded from a tournament-opening loss to win the World Cup.

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Fabregas then touched on Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup, saying credit due to his four goals but also questioning how impressed anyone should be with three goals from set pieces and a fourth from a David De Gea gaffe.

You cannot say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals.

You have to give him credit, of course, but his goals have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes.

Seems a bit of anti-Real Madrid carryover there, although the sentiment is real (Portugal has not been impressive despite its four points).

Fabregas then went on to highlight one particular performance in the tournament: Mexico and LAFC midfielder Carlos Vela’s work in El Tri‘s upset of Germany.

Vela left Real Sociedad to join Los Angeles FC at the start of the year and people seem to think that when you go to the MLS, or that type of league, your level drops.

That was not the case when he played against Germany, because Kroos could not shake him off. He tried but he could not influence the game.

See, Cesc: You can totally come to our shores and run point for a team. Toronto is really close to me, if you’re asking, but Philly, Columbus, and New York are reasonable enough drives.

LAFC confirms Pulisic will play in Borussia Dortmund friendly

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The future (and current) star of the U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing in Los Angeles in a few short weeks.

Los Angeles FC announced that Christian Pulisic will make the trip with Borussia Dortmund for a friendly match at the Banc of California Stadium on May 22. It was unclear when the friendly match was originally announced in January whether Pulisic would be part of the traveling party, but now it appears to be confirmed, according to LAFC’s Instagram page.

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Pulisic is set to feature for the USMNT on May 28 in Chester, Penn. against Bolivia before taking the rest of the summer off to rest up ahead of another long European campaign. Had the U.S. qualified for the World Cup, Pulisic likely wouldn’t have played with Dortmund on their post-season trip to the U.S.

Now, fans around Los Angeles will get a chance to see the still 19-years old Pulisic play on the field before he comes back with the USMNT in the future.

Hull City’s Diomande reunites with Bradley in LA (video)

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Adama Diomande is reuniting with the coach who helmed his most successful professional season.

“Adama is a quality goalscorer who brings the experience of playing at a high level in Europe,” said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley. “We believe he will have a strong impact in MLS.”

The Hull City man scored 25 goals in 26 matches for Stabaek when Bradley was the manager in 2015, earning a move to the English side. While at Hull, Diomande scored seven goals in 64 matches between the Premier League and Championship.

He joins fellow transfer deadline day acquisition Lee Nguyen in bolstering an LAFC attack with Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi. The signing comes on the same day that Costa Rican star Marco Urena was lost indefinitely with a facial injury.

Is this an all excuse to show Diomande’s amazing bicycle kick built for two goal with Abel Hernandez from Premier League Opening Day last season?

I’m not saying we’re silently nodding over here, but…

LAFC acquires Lee Nguyen from Revolution

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The New England Revolution have traded veteran midfielder Lee Nguyen to Los Angeles FC in exchange for $700,000 in allocation money.

The Revolution announced the deal Tuesday night.

The 31-year-old Nguyen has spent the past six seasons with the Revolution, emerging as one of MLS’ top attacking midfielders. He has 51 goals and 49 assists in 191 regular-season games for New England, but he hasn’t played for the club this season after making a trade request.

Nguyen fills an urgent need for LAFC, which will be without playmaking forward Marco Urena for several weeks after facial surgery.

LAFC recently signed Andre Horta as their third designated player, but the 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder won’t be allowed to join his new club until July.

LAFC has started 5-2-0 in its inaugural season.

LAFC striker Marco Urena out indefinitely after facial surgery

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LAFC has had plenty of firsts this season. The MLS expansion franchise has been a force to be reckoned with in its inaugural season, sitting second in the Western Conference standings.

Now, the club will have to contend with its first major injury.

Bob Bradley will have some shuffling to do after the club confirmed that Marco Urena will undergo surgery for a facial injury suffered in last weekend’s victory over Seattle Sounders. The injury was first reported by Costa Rican outlet La Nacion.

According to the Nacion report, Urena suffered microfractures under his left eye in a clash with Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei during the 1-0 victory on Sunday. Urena played the entire 90 minutes and was not substituted. According to that same report, immediately after the match, Urena had swelling and numbness in the area which prompted further tests that showed fractures. With the goal of being healthy for the national team’s trip to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, Urena reportedly asked to be operated on as soon as possible.

While MLS reporter Sam Stejskal’s tweet above says there is no timetable for Urena’s return to fitness, the Nacion report claims that it’s possible Urena will not play for LAFC again before the World Cup beings in mid-June. It says that he will continue to maintain his fitness while off the field, and could potentially restart contact drills after four weeks.

Urena has not scored yet this season in seven matches for LAFC, but he has been integral to the club’s solid start. The third pick of the expansion draft this past offseason from the San Jose Earthquakes, Urena has played all but 19 of the 630 possible minutes thus far this season.