By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
Survive and advance
LAFC gets revenge once again at Rio Tinto Stadium as they knocked out Real Salt Lake of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in a 3-0 win advancing to next round. Carlos Vela, Lee Nguyen, and Adama Diomande scored all three goals of the night.
While four players: Tyler Miller, Walker Zimmerman, Peter-Lee Vassell, and Mark-Anthony Kaye; were away for international duty, the match saw Pablo Sisniega and Rodolfo “Fito” Zelaya make their club debuts helping LAFC stamp their ticket to the next round.
Full match recap here.
Next up. The black-and-gold will host the San Jose Earthquakes in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup at the Banc of California Stadium on Thursday, June 20.
Batista and Jaković loaned out
Last week, LAFC loaned defender Lamar Batista to USL side, FC Tucson. This will be the 21-year-old’s second loan this year, as he appeared in two matches with Phoenix Rising during a brief loan stint.
Additionally, the club loaned defender Dejan Jaković to USL side, Las Vegas Lights FC. The Canadian, who appeared in 15 matches during the inaugural season, has yet to see any playing time this year.
Per the Right of Recall incorporated in the loan agreement, LAFC retains the right to recall Batista and Jaković at any point during the MLS regular season.
On Monday, the club announced it had transferred André Horta to Portuguese side, SC Braga; opening up a DP position on the roster. Returning to the club where he started his career, Horta is set to rejoin his brother and play on the same team again.
Horta first joined the team during last year’s summer transfer window from SL Benfica, appearing in 15 regular season matches, making five starts.
Who do you think will replace him?
The Italian Job
We’re getting another player? Well, maybe not this time.
Late Monday night, a rumor began circulating that LAFC was close to reaching an agreement with Italian International defensive midfielder, Daniele De Rossi. But LA Times’ reporter Kevin Baxter was quick to shut down rumors. And LAFC’s digital manager Vince La Rosa also chimed in to back up his statement.
Player’s Salaries Released
The MLS Players’ Union released their annual list of salaries for all players in the league. Including LAFC, whose full amount, according to the list, was over $13,000,000 across the roster this year.
In an article by Angels on Parade, they broke down the full salary for each player and discussed which player they believe is still underpaid, stating:
“Tyler Miller looks like the obvious choice. He did get a raise compared to last season, but it was a raise of less than $10,000. He’s solidified his status as a starter. He’s on the USMNT roster for the Gold Cup. The guy shouldn’t have to pick up the check this season.”
And I agree.
Carlos Vela is the fourth-highest player in the league with a base salary of a cool $4,500,000 and guaranteed compensation of $6,300,000. The now-departed Horta came in at second, while Diego Rossi was the third millionaire on the team.
Miller and Zimmerman join Gold Cup Roster
Tyler Miller and Walker Zimmerman have officially been added to the United States Men’s National Team roster for the 2019 Gold Cup. The duo appeared on the bench for the USMNT’s pair of final friendlies as they hosted Jamaica and Venezuela.
With Zack Steffen in goal both times, Miller remained on the bench. However, during the friendly against Venezuela – Zimmerman started the second half as a substitute with the team down 3-0 for his third senior appearance. Walker immediately picked up a caution for a foul in the 48th minute, but it didn’t stop him from becoming more involved on the pitch.
The USMNT open their Gold Cup slate on Tuesday, June 18 against Guyana in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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