LA GALAXY SIGN PREMIER LEAGUE GOALKEEPER

Major League Soccer (MLS) giants LA Galaxy have signed a Premier League goalkeeper to bolster their squad ahead of the 2021 season. LA Galaxy needed to sign a new goalkeeper and they have moved for Jonathan Bond. His transfer from Premier League newcomers West Brom was announced at the end of last week. The transfer for the shot stopper was confirmed by LA Galaxy on Thursday.


Jonathan Bond has a US passport and this means that he won’t occupy an international roster at LA Galaxy. It’s a big bonus that the signing of Jonathan Bond won’t take up the already limited spot for international players at the club.

LA GALAXY DUO ON MONEY LIST

The LA Galaxy duo of Javier Hernandez and Jonathan dos Santos have been named on the top 20 list of the highest earners in the MLS (Major League Soccer). This is according to the list from bolavip.com which took into account their financial details from last year.


Mexican international Jonathan dos Santos is the younger brother of former LA Galaxy player Giovanni dos Santos and he earns a reported $2m per annum. Jonathan dos Santos is in 15th position on the list. His brother Giovanni dos Santos was on the payroll of LA Galaxy from 2015 to 2018 before he left the club to join Club America in his native Mexico last year.

LIVERPOOL TO APPROACH TRANSFERS WITH CAUTION

Liverpool are reported to have decided against signing any marquee player this summer. The club’s owners are concerned about making any major investments at the club. The current EPL champions have been linked with top names including Kalidou Koulibaly and Thiago Alcantara of Napoli and Bayern Munich respectively, but latest reports indicate that the club will be very careful when it comes to incoming players next season.


Liverpool had planned another window of sparse additions before the COVID-19 outbreak. With the club’s revenue streams taking an unexpected battering like many other clubs around the world. The effect of the pandemic will curtail the finances at Anfield further. Links with Bayern Munich’s star Thiago continue to gather momentum, but with the current group having just won the Premier League title, it is believed Liverpool will only pursue deals which represent extraordinary financial value in the current financial situation.

LA GALAXY WANT BALOTELLI, AWAIT RESTART

 

Major League Soccer (MLS) giant LA Galaxy are hoping to land Italian forward Mario Balotelli, as per reports from Italian sources. Following spells at Nice and Marseille, Balotelli returned to the Serie A this season where he has netted five times in 19 games.


The goals would likely not be enough to keep the club afloat at the end of the season. Brescia have garnered only 16 points after 26 games and sit at the bottom of the table. The Rondinelle are set to be relegated to the Serie B.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool man is already preparing to leave the club after only a season. He joined on a free transfer deal till 2022 but he is keen on a fresh challenge. His agent Mino Raiola is in talks with LA Galaxy over a switch when North America football resumes. There are also links to Brazilian clubs or leagues that have a calendar years schedule and where he can start playing immediately.

IBRAHIMOVIC TO LEAVE AC MILAN

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s long term future at AcMilan is in doubt. The club is preparing for major change in the summer. Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini might leave the club in the summer. The two were instrumental in bringing Ibrahimovic to the San Siro and their departure might also lead to Ibrahimovic’s departure from the club.

Ibrahimovic joined AC Milan as a free agent in December. The Swede who last played with LA Galaxy in the MLS, joined Milan after his time in MLS came to an end. He joined Milan on a six-month deal with an option of extension should the club qualify for the Champions league.

BARCELONA TARGETS CARLOS VELA

The January transfer window is around the corner and Barcelona are reported to have their sights on the mostly unlikely of leagues: MLS football.


According to Jonathan dos Santos, the Catalans are more than impressed with the numbers the Mexico international has been able to crunch out and they are ready to bet on the former Real Sociedad striker.

Paying Older Players is Suicide for MLS

The LA Galaxy along with its superstar footballer from Sweden who is known for his flamboyant nature, Zlatan Imbrahimovic might not have gotten the chance to reach the final of the MLS Western Conference. But he proclaimed something strange in 2019 before departing from the season. Many people are seeing his departure as a good decision. When asked about his future, the 38-year-old wisely answered if he stays back then it will be good for MLS as the whole world will be able to watch it. After LA Galaxy got defeated by 5-3 at the semi-final match of the Western Conference to LAFC, he said that nobody will ever remember who MLS was if he doesn’t stay.

Certainly, MLS will not disappear from its existence simply because Ibrahimovic will be retiring or moving on. But if the casual fans are taken into consideration in abroad or in North America who have paid a lot of attention to the antics, then it will be definitely hard to argue whether his departure will have any kind of considerable dent to MLS or not. Many of the other star players like Thierry Henry, Kaka, Wayne Rooney, David Villa, and David Beckham have stopped in the league but no one has been able to combine the kind of personality, controversy, and accessibility that Ibrahimovic has had while playing for MLS.

Hat Trick by Ibrahimovic Force Galaxy to Reach the Playoffs

A hat trick was scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic that enabled Los Angeles Galaxy to have an easy win over Sporting Kansas City. They beat Kansas by 7-2 that helped them to reach the playoff round of the MLS race. The Galaxy climbed back into the eighth position for the Major Soccer League Cup playoff after they gave up a goal very early during the match to Felipe Gutierrez who plays for Kansas City. They have secured the fifth position outside the MLS standings in the Western Conference.

Ibrahimovic has played earlier for Sweden. He played for the Manchester United club as well. He launched his come back to the game at the 32nd minute of the match which can be termed as the turning point. He came into his power after LA Galaxy got a penalty because of the strike by Matt Besler was declared as a handball within the area. His effort was deflected from the spot by Tim Melia. But the goalkeeper from Sporting Kansas City could not hang onto the ball and he slid to the ground feebly while Ibrahimovic moved forward and stepped into the ball to slot it into the net smoothly.

ARSENAL AND LIVERPOOL MAKE TRANSFER MOVES

Arsenal are reportedly one of three clubs interested in Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso according to reports from Spain. Spanish tabloid Sport reveals that the race to sign the Spanish defender has begun with several top clubs interested in his services.

The report mentioned that Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich are the latest to join the race for the 23-year-old centre back.

LA Galaxy Will Miss Dos Santos, Claims Carlos Vela

Carlos Vela has claimed that LA Galaxy will regret the decision to let Giovanni Dos Santos leave the club. The Mexican was bought out of his contract as LA Galaxy already reached the maximum of three designated players in the squad through the presence of Romain Alessandrini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jonathan Dos Santos. Giovanni Dos Santos is the well travelled Mexican footballer who has been with LA Galaxy since 2015. He has made 77 appearances and has come up with 26 goals.

The 29-year-old started his career with Barcelona before making the switch to Spurs in 2008. After playing for the likes of Galatasaray, Ipswich, and Racing Santander, he finally established himself back in Spanish football with the likes of Mallorca and Villarreal. Apart from playing together in the national team, Carlos Vela also knows Giovanni Dos Santos well from his time in Spanish football. Now, he has watched his international teammate go in search of a new club after being released from his contract at Galaxy. Vela, though, claims that the Galaxy will regret the decision to let a player of Giovanni Dos Santos’ calibre leave the club.

LA GALAXY LOSE LAST PRESEASON MATCH

In what was their last match before the kick-off of the 2019 Major league soccer (MLS) season, Los Angeles Galaxy lost 3-1 to the Colorado Rapid during the weekend at Dignity Health Sports Park.Galaxy were without several key players including Sebastian Lletget, Perry Kitchen, Junnho, Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos. They were all listed as unavailable for the contest. The tie was a test of the team’s depth, specially in the midfield, anda stern test for coach Guillermo Barros

Schelotto, may eventually need to rotate is squad, when the pressure of a crowded schedule increases. In the 15th minute of the tie goalkeeper David Bingham was substituted off, after he was on the receiving end of a fierce shot which struck his face. He was replaced for the remainder of the game by Matt Lampson. Noupdate as was giving as to the injury sustained by Bingham after the match, but he left the field on his own.