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Archive for May 13th, 2019

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

Daily Almanac for Monday, May 13, 2019

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

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Giants add outfield depth by claiming Aaron Altherr off waivers from Philadelphia Phillies

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May 11, 2019

 

Aaron Altherr while with Phillies 2017 photo by Peetlesnumber1 - Own work via wikipedia commons

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have claimed outfielder Aaron Altherr off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Altherr, 28, appeared in 22 games and had 30 plate appearances with the Phillies this season.

Born in Germany, Altherr (pronounced all-TAIR) was the Phillies pick in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of Agua Fria High School (Avondale, AZ). He reached the big leagues in 2014, and by 2017 was a regular corner outfielder for the club. In what was his best season that year, he slashed .272/.340/.516 with 19 home runs, 65 RBI and 48 extra-base hits in 107 games.

Altherr has appeared at all three outfield positions in his career, playing 175 games in right field, 103 in left field and 56 in center field.

To make room for Altherr on the 40-man roster, the Giants designated right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore for assignment.

 

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