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Philadelphia Union Midfielder Ilsinho named MLS Player of the Week

 

 

NEW YORK (Monday, June 10, 2019) – Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for the 15th week of the 2019 MLS season.

Ilsinho scored two goals and registered an assist in 37 minutes of action in Philadelphia’s 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday. On the season Ilsinho has now compiled four goals and five assists. Philadelphia sits atop the Eastern Conference with 31 points (9-4-4 overall record).

The Union were trailing 2-0 when Ilsinho entered the match in the 53rd minute, with the midfielder making an immediate impact by providing the assisting pass on Jamiro Monteiro’s 60th minute goal (watch assist).

The Brazilian then scored the equalizing goal in the 61st minute when he dribbled past two defenders into the box and sent a right-footed shot far post (watch goal). Ilsinho capped his super-sub appearance by scoring the game-winning goal in the 71st minute, rebounding a deflected penalty kick attempt and finishing with a left-footed shot to help the Union complete the comeback (watch goal).

Philadelphia returns to regular season action on Wednesday, June 26 when traveling to face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+).

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.

 

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MLS announces Discplinary Decisions for this Week

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decision
NEW YORK (Tuesday, June 11, 2019) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gerso Fernandes in violation of the league’s policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent. Fernandes has been issued an undisclosed fine for his actions in the 32nd minute of Sporting’s match against Toronto FC on June 7 (VIDEO).

 

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Carlos Vela, Superstar, leader of Los Angeles FC

The second year Los Angeles Football Club is a team deep in talent.

Carlos Vela

They have Eddie Segura, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Latif Blessing, Christian Ramirez, Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela as starters.

On the bench, they can come at opposing teams with Lee Nguyen, Adama Diomande and Pablo Sisniega.

But the superstar player on the team is Vela.

In his first MLS season in 2018, the 30-year-old striker finished in the top 10 in goals (14), assists (13), shots (97) and shots on goal (44).

The current 2019 season, sees the Mexican native picking up where he left off with an MLS-leading (11) goals, shots (60), and shots on goal (24) and is tied for fourth in assists (5).

Vela’s 16 combined goals and assists are the most by any player in the opening 10 games of a season in MLS history. Also, the Mexican National Team member is also tied for the fastest to 10 goals to start a regular season (Chris Wondolowski in 2012 and Roy Lassiter in 1999).

Last week, Vela was voted MLS Player of the Month for the second consecutive month, to become only the seventh-ever player in league history to win the award in back-to-back months. The club’s first-ever Designated Player finished the month of April with five goals and two assists.

Vela has played soccer all over the world. He is best known for his years with Arsenal of the Premier League from 2005-2012.

Los Angeles Football Club, clearly the best in the MLS after 2+ months

The team to beat in Major League Soccer so far this 2019 season, seems to be the Los Angeles Football Club.

With a start of 7-1-3 and 24 points, they seem unbeatable and unstoppable.

That before mentioned record to start its second season, shows LAFC having the fifth-best record in MLS history after the opening 11 games of a season. Since tie games applied in 2000, LAFC has the fourth-best record with 24 points from the first 11 matches.

1996 LA Galaxy-11-0

1998 LA Galaxy-10-1

2010 LA Galaxy-9-0-2 (29 points)

2000 Kansas City Wizards-9-0-2 (29 points)**

2005 New England Revolution-7-0-4 (25 points)

2019 LAFC-7-1-3 (24 points)

2012 Sporting KC-7-3-1 (22 points)

**Only team to win MLS Cup

LAFC is now 8-1-3, 27 points after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Columbus Crew SC.

LA FC head coach Bob Bradley known for getting new franchises off to good starts

Bob Bradley 2009 photo by Wilson Wong, own work via wikipedia commons

 

One of the most sought-after head coaches in the game of soccer is Bob Bradley, current head coach of the Los Angeles Football Club.

Sought-after as in, if he is available.

The 61-year-old Montclair, New Jersey native has coached everywhere in the world. Overseas in Eygpt, Stabaek, Le Havre and Swansea City. In the college ranks for Princeton twice from 1976-1980 and 1984-1995. He was named the head coach at nearby Ohio University in 1981 at the young age of 22.

In the MLS, he has been on the pitch sidelines leading DC united, Chicago, New York/New Jersey Metro Stars and Chivas USA.

He has also coached the USA Men’s National Soccer Team for two stints: 2006–2007 and 2006–2011.

When a new team enters Major League Soccer, Bradley’s name is often the first one that comes up, if he is available as we stated before.

Entering the league in 2018, LAFC turned to the veteran Bradley who has immediately put the franchise on the winning track. He led the team to the most points (57) with a record of 16-9-9, which placed them third in the Western Conference and fifth overall in the MLS by an expansion team in its first year and a postseason berth which is simply unheard of in professional sports.

Bradley owns two of the best-ever inaugural seasons for an expansion teams in Major League Soccer. Twenty years ago in 1998, Bradley led the Fire to the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup titles.

Since being named head coach for LAFC, Bradley has a record of 24-10-12.

On the current MLS winningest active head coach list, Bradley currently has 148 wins, and is just one of five current head coaches that have won an MLS Cup (Vermes, Porter, Scmetzar and Vanney).

 

ALL-TIME WINNINGEST ACTIVE HEAD COACHES

1. Bob Bradley-147-104-66

2. Peter Vermes-135-102-86

3. Ben Olsen-104-120-69

4. Caleb Porter-72-56-53

5. Greg Vanney-66-54-34

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