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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
New deal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with LA GALAXY could be the biggest payday in MLS history. LA GALAXY announced Zlatan’s signing this week but without revealing terms. But various sources told ESPN FC that he is going to pay him a good amount in between $7 to $7.5 million in 2019. This deal is definitely going to be a good raise from the $1.5 million Zlatan earned in 2018, a season where he has proven himself as one of the best players in the world by assisting 10 times and scoring 22 goals in 27 games. And by scoring 22 goals and for assisting 10 times, his hard work pays off as he was nominated for the league’s MVP award. Total no of goals he scored was the second highest in the league after 31 goals scored by Josef Martinez of Atlanta United.
MLS Players Association has provided the data which consist of the salary and compensation for the players playing for different clubs in 2013. And with the help of the data, it was found that Former Orlando midfielder Kaka is holding records in more than one (both) the categories, by earning a salary of $6.66 million and compensation of $7,167,500 in 2017. Ibrahimovic can hold the record in both the categories, but it depends on his compensation. Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco was the highest paid player in the year 2018, because of the compensation that he is getting of a total amount of $7,115.555.67. Before Zlatan re-signed with Galaxy, there were reports that that to improve his salary he was planning to join AC Milan in a bid.
Swedish superstar, Zlatan Ibtahimovic, a player who has graced the books at European elites clubs like Juventus, Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United admits he has always done things the way he wanted to.
The big Swede has become famous over the years for his cheeky chats with the media and comments he makes about himself. His unique perspective on life has seen the former Manchester United front-man tag himself as “Superman”, with a peculiar talent he claims to have come from his own planet – Planet Zlatan”.
LA Galaxy head coach Dominic Kinnear has stated that Chris Pontius will be out for the remainder of the season. The player is currently suffering from a groin injury and will have to undergo surgery. As a result, he will be out until the end of the season.
Dominic Kinnear said that this is really disappointing news as he was counting on the player to help the team during the upcoming games.
United States international Michael Bradley has remained coy when asked about the prospect of returning to the national team. The Toronto FC star has not featured for the USMNT since their failure to qualify for the summer World Cup in October last year and he remains uncertain whether he can make the squad in the future.
In a report covered by ESPN FC, Bradley confirmed that he has held discussions with caretaker boss Dave Strachan and he remains optimistic of making a comeback with the CONCACAF giants, he said: “Dave and I have had a few conversations, yes.That’s not a question for me.Representing the national team is always a huge honor. It’s given me some of the finest days in my career. Any time you have that opportunity it’s special.”
Kevin Muscat is of the opinion that the Australian A-League has to become much more attractive in order to become the best football league in the side of the world. After the tremendous winning came to an end with the loss against Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory have the chance to close the gap on Melbourne City in the next few weeks. City are only two points ahead in the third place. Even though this was a frustrating result for the team, Kevin Muscat says that he was quite disappointed with the defensive approach of Perth Glory.
After having witnessed Melbourne Victory score five against the likes of Central Coast coming into this game, it was fair to expect a defensive performance from Perth Glory. However, Kevin Muscat did not expect such a poor performance from the hosts going forward. Perth Glory were even unable to enjoy 50% of the ball in the 90 minutes. They managed to score the only goal of the game just before half-time to deal a major blow for victory. Andy Keogh came up with the only goal of the game. Kevin Muscat says that it is the responsibility of the A-League to play a more attractive football in order to start attracting more top players to the league. He says that if things going with a defensive approach, it may not be good for the league.