Mark-Anthony Kaye Signs New Contract with LAFC

Los Angeles FC have been able to agree a three-year contract with Canadian midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye. Crucially, the club have the option of an additional year in the contract. Mark-Anthony Kaye was able to start 20 regular-season matches for LAFC in the inaugural MLS campaign. The 24-year-old finished the season with five assists and two goals. His salary was a relatively mediocre $75,000 in the 2018 campaign. After the conclusion of the campaign, it appears that manager Bob Bradley was extremely pleased with the contribution of the midfielder.

After announcing his new contract, Bradley said that the role played by Kaye in the 2018 campaign was extremely crucial along with players like Carlos Vela, who had come up with plenty of important goals. The manner in whichKaye was open to the ideas put forth by the manager and was ready to implement the same with every training session appears to have endured to the manager. Aside from his stellar presence with the LAFC outfit,Kaye has also been key for the national team after making six appearances. Prior to his switch to LAFC,Kaye was part of the Louisville City FC, York University and Toronto FC 2.

Could Hirving Lozano be a Future Ballon d’Or Winner?

The Ballon d’Or is the most prestigious award in football, given to the greatest player in the world every year. There has never been a Mexican winner of the coveted trophy, and for the last ten years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated.

With the Argentine and Portuguese a step above the rest, it has been hard for any other player to break through. But now the careers of the two superstars are winding down, the contest could be more open in the future. Hirving Lozano is a player with great potential - could he be the first ever Mexican to lift the Ballon d’Or?

Hirving Lozano dreams of playing in the Premier League

PSV Eindhoven attacker Hirving Lozano has revealed his ambition of playing in the Premier League at a particular stage on his professional career. The Mexico international has been a revelation for PSV since joining them from Pachuca nearly 18 months ago but he is still said to harbour the ambition of featuring for a Premier League outfit.

Speaking after the Champions League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, he said: “I hope that God, some day, gives me a shot at playing in the Premier League. I like it very much. I think the Premier League is great. I think that it would be fabulous to play with any of the clubs, but I would love to play for one of the big clubs. I hope that God gives me the chance.”

LAFC Reach Play-Offs after Win over Colorado Rapids

Los Angeles FC were able to secure a play-off place after managing a 3-0 victory over Colorado Rapids during the weekend. Bob Bradley’s team came into the game as one of the top teams in the 2018 campaign. Not many expected LAFC to make a major impact in their debut campaign in the MLS, but players like Carlos Vela have helped them achieve some incredible results. The club came into the weekend’s match against Colorado Rapids with a need to recover quickly from the recent defeat against Chicago Fire – the first defeat for the club in eight games.

The match began well for Bob Bradley’s men as they scored in the 15th minute through Walker Zimmermann. Adama scored either side of the break to put LAFC in a commanding position and they never relinquished this spot until the end of the match. As a result of the victory, LAFC are now level on points with Sporting Kansas City going into the last three matches of the campaign. There is a significant possibility of LAFC finishing in the top two places of the Western Conference. Bradley claims that the team are excited to reach the play-offs in their debut campaign and expect them to push forward.

LAFC Reach Play-Offs after Win over Colorado Rapids

Los Angeles FC were able to secure a play-off place after managing a 3-0 victory over Colorado Rapids during the weekend. Bob Bradley’s team came into the game as one of the top teams in the 2018 campaign. Not many expected LAFC to make a major impact in their debut campaign in the MLS, but players like Carlos Vela have helped them achieve some incredible results. The club came into the weekend’s match against Colorado Rapids with a need to recover quickly from the recent defeat against Chicago Fire – the first defeat for the club in eight games.

The match began well for Bob Bradley’s men as they scored in the 15th minute through Walker Zimmermann. Adama scored either side of the break to put LAFC in a commanding position and they never relinquished this spot until the end of the match. As a result of the victory, LAFC are now level on points with Sporting Kansas City going into the last three matches of the campaign. There is a significant possibility of LAFC finishing in the top two places of the Western Conference. Bradley claims that the team are excited to reach the play-offs in their debut campaign and expect them to push forward.

Guillermo Ochoa eyeing number one role with Mexico for the 2022 World Cup

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa does not have any plans of retiring from international football despite El Tri’s struggles at the recent World Cup. The North American nation bagged one of the shock results of the campaign after beating holders Germany but they thereafter experienced an old fate as they were ousted at the round of 16 stage for the seventh straight edition.

Since then, El Tri have witnessed the departure of head coach Juan Carlos Osorio at the expiry of his contract but Ochoa has continued to remain under national team reckoning under caretaker Ricardo Ferretti. Speaking to Goal.com, the Standard Liege goalkeeper highlighted that he is not planning on giving up on the number one role anytime soon and he is looking forward to representing the nation at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Carlos Vela Opens Doors for Retirement in Liga MX

Carlos Vela claims that he may even consider the prospect of returning to the Liga MX with the view of retiring even if he has taken extremely well to the league. The striker made the switch from Real Sociedad to LAFC in the last few months. His arrival has produced a major impact at LAFC, who have been doing well in the MLS despite being a newly formed a franchise. The striker may not think about the possibility of retirement as of now, but it appears to have certainly crossed his mind. He is at the peak of his career at 29 years of age, but majority of his career has been spent in European football.

The immense talent possessed by the Mexican international was spotted by Arsenal back in 2006. He moved to the English Premier League club back in January 2006 for around € 3 million. After spending several seasons – without actually playing much – at Arsenal, he made the permanent switch to Real Sociedad in 2012 for around €14 million. The move transformed his career as he benefited from regular football but he shocked many by making an early return to North American football. Now, he has opened up on the possibility of ending his career in the Mexican league rather than in the MLS. Vela is expected to be the centre stage for LAFC at least in the next few years.

Carlos Vela presents doubts over his Mexico future

Mexico international Carlos Vela has refused to confirm whether he would keep himself available for international duty until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 28-year-old was one of the stand-out performers for El Tri during the World Cup where they were ousted at the round of 16 stage and shortly after the tournament, he has presented doubts over his future.

Speaking in a news conference, he said: “As soon as the Federation decides what changes they will make, it will also be decided which players will go along with their plans.Many of the young players have a lot of quality, and it’s best that the Federation does not get in the way of their progress.If us players see that we are not 100%, or there are better players than us, we do not need to be going for a call. Whoever wins their place is the one who will be there.”

Carlos Vela open to supporting Juan Carlos Osorio

Mexico international Carlos Vela has stressed that the players will support Juan Carlos Osorio, should he remain their head coach for the upcoming years. Osorio’s future with Mexico has been put into doubt following another round of 16 at the World Cup but the country’s football federation have yet to confirm where his contract would be extended for another four years.

Speaking to reporters, Vela said: “The players will support him if he stays, but it's not our decision to make. The federation is in the midst of several changes. They don't know yet what's going to happen so I don't think it's the time to discuss it. The moment will come to see who stays and who doesn't so that decisions can be made.”

Carlos Vela Unsure about Participation at World Cup 2022

Carlos Vela claims that he is not sure if he will be part of the Mexican national team anymore. The striker has had several issues with representing Mexico throughout his career. He refused to be part of the national team from 2010 to 2014, but there was a surprise inclusion back into the squad for the 2018 edition. The former Arsenal and Real Sociedad striker was of a major influence at the World Cup 2018 as Mexico reached the quarter-finals of the competition. Their regular nemesis Brazil were once again the reason for Mexico being knocked out of a major tournament.

Vela’s indecisiveness with the national team does not seem to be going away anytime soon, as the striker has now claimed that his participation at the World Cup 2022 depends on the status of the Mexican federation. Mexico are expected to undergo a managerial change, as coach Juan Carlos Osorio has been coming under a lot of interest from other South American nations.Osorio was able to transform the fortunes of Mexico and they were within a whisker of reaching the semifinals. Mexico also created a lot of talk at the World Cup after a historic win over Germany in the group stages.

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