Author: @celsoliveira_

Celso Oliveira is a correspondent for Los Angeles FC in California and the current leader of the Territorio MLS project. I'm also taking photos and videos around the fields of Major League Soccer

With rumors of James Rodríguez joining LAFC looming, here are five compelling reasons why he might be the perfect addition to the 2024 team: James Rodríguez: potential impact on MLS and LAFC Despite recent challenges, James Rodriguez still possesses immense talent and experience. While his time at São Paulo may not have met expectations, his ability to impact the field cannot be denied. With the roster lacking an authentic 10, and the So Cal team failing to splash big during the Winter window, LAFC could benefit significantly from his creativity and play-making skills, adding a new dimension to their attacking…

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USL

Queensboro FC and its stadium plans faced an unexpected demise. We look at the influence of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the dissolution of this USL franchise and the implications for the local community in Queens, NY. Queensboro FC (QBFC), a newcomer to Queens, New York, had high hopes of making its mark on the local soccer scene. Founded in November 2019 with ambitious goals, the club’s journey was fraught with challenges, ultimately leading to its demise and leaving a void in the local community. Its final tweet served as a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of its presence…

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Angelina, the newly arrived Brazilian midfielder for the Orlando Pride, shares her experiences and values the presence of Brazilian teammates, highlighting how they ease her transition onto the field. Angelina embarks on a new journey this season as she takes on the challenge of playing for the Orlando Pride. Since day one, she has been actively participating in the team’s training sessions, and she recently spoke about her adaptation process while emphasizing the significance of having other Brazilians on the team. With her sights set on the season ahead, Angelina has fully committed to her training regimen. Aware of the…

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Los Angeles FC received positive news confirming the imminent return of Eduard Atuesta, former team midfielder, who is about to leave Palmeiras to rejoin the MLS club. Los Angeles FC, the eternal runner-up of 2023, faces an off-season of challenges and expectations as it prepares for the upcoming season. The Black and Gold begins preparing to rebuild its squad after a series of significant changes in a short time following the defeat to the Columbus Crew in the MLS Cup final in Ohio, just a few weeks ago.  The club started training camp last week with only 16 players under…

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USL

USL’s Phoenix Rising is undergoing significant changes in its coaching staff.  Just as the team is gearing up for the defense of the title it secured in 2023, a historic achievement in the USL Championship. Two impactful pieces of news have stirred the local scene, involving the departure of a veteran player and the exit of Head Coach Juan Guerra. Darnell King, Veteran of the Team, Transitions to Rising’s Coaching Staff Darnell King, the team’s defender and captain, an iconic figure of the Phoenix Rising FC, announced his transition to a coaching role for the 2024 season. At 33, King…

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MLS

In a recent video, Erik VOBG delves into the recent news surrounding the US Open Cup, sharing his perspective on its significance and the implications of Major League Soccer’s (MLS) decision to distance itself from the tournament. US Open Cup: A Tradition Like No Other As an ardent supporter of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), Erik believes that the US Open Cup holds a unique place in American soccer, connecting the nation’s soccer community to a rich history dating back to 1914. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugeDA3TQPV4&t=47s He contends that the US Open Cup is crucial in establishing a sense of tradition in…

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In today’s announcement, the Major League Soccer (MLS) Board of Governors revealed a set of innovative sporting and competition initiatives set to take effect ahead of the 2024 MLS season. Drawing inspiration from successful pilots in the MLS NEXT Pro, these approved initiatives aim to prioritize player health and safety while introducing subtle yet impactful changes to the game. It’s worth noting that certain aspects will remain unchanged. Notably, there are no alterations to the U-22 Initiative slot rules for the upcoming season, maintaining continuity from the current year. Teams utilizing all three U22 slots must have no more than…

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USL

In a move signaling unprecedented collaboration between the MLS and USL, the Phoenix Rising FC joined the 2024 Coachella Valley Invitational lineup. Last week, during his State of the Union address, Commissioner Don Garber shared his insights on expansion, marking Phoenix as a compelling market and a beacon for soccer potential. Phoenix Rising FC Secures Spot in Historic MLS Preseason Event Phoenix Rising FC, renowned for its dominance in the USL and winner of this year’s league, is set to make waves in the 2024 Coachella Valley Invitational (CVI), becoming the first USL team to feature in this MLS preseason…

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In the recent aftermath of the flare show during the Western Conference Finals, Major League Soccer (MLS)’s imposition of sanctions on the Los Angeles Football Club’s (LAFC) 3252 supporters group has sparked concern about the lack of clarity from the league on the use of fireworks in its stands. The Culture in the Stands In what will be the last game of the year, LAFC will play another final in 2023, this time vs. the Columbus Crew in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday in a game which will decide who wins the MLS Cup. This, days after the team was handed…

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The champions of the East Columbus Crew get ready to host the 2022 MLS Cup winner and Western champs of 2023, LAFC, in Columbus this weekend at Lower.com Field. This year’s MLS Cup and championship game promises to deliver as the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) goes head-to-head with the Columbus Crew.  The clash of titans is set to unfold at Columbus’s iconic Lower.com Field on Saturday, December 9 at 4:00 pm EST. It is the fourth encounter between the 2 teams in history, all previous games were won by LAFC. Being one of the most impressive soccer-specific stadiums in…

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