MLS MATCH PREVIEW: INTER MIAMI VS ATLANTA

Atlanta United’s US Open Cup third-round encounter with Chattanooga didn’t seem all that significant on the surface but it just might have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the Five Stripes. Atlanta soundly thrashed the NISA club 6-0, scoring 60% of its total tally through seven MLS games.


Sure, Chattanooga isn’t exactly top-notch opposition and it was a mostly rotated XI from Gonzalo Pineda, but throwing the shackles off in the final third even for just ninety minutes can only help a struggling Atlanta attack.
And just maybe, this will spark the Five Stripes into action as it returns to league play with a visit to Inter Miami on Sunday. Miami was the last winless team in the Eastern Conference as of two weeks ago, but since has three victories in a row (perfect timing, eh?), two in MLS (3-2 over New England and 1-0 at a heavily-rotated Seattle) and a narrow win over Miami FC in the Open Cup.

GALAXY HITS LATE WINNER AGAINST NYCFC

LA Galaxy began their new MLS (Major League Soccer) campaign with a win after they recorded a late goal to beat defending champions New York City FC (NYCFC) in front of their home. The target for LA Galaxy before their 2022 MLS opener against New York City FC was to start in a positive and they did just that though they had to leave it late.


It proved to be a determined win for LA Galaxy as the hunger for the win on the part of the players was evident from the start of the game. In the end, LA Galaxy were deserved winners even if the outcome of the game could have gone either way. The LA Galaxy restricted the NYCFC attack to just one shot on goal throughout the game.

COSTA SETS HIS SAIL ON LA GALAXY

La Galaxy is set to continue its tradition of attracting Europe’s big names to the MLS as Juventus star Douglas Costa is set to make the switch to the club. The tricky Brazilian winger has just six months left on his contract with Juventus, and it looks almost certain that he would be joining the American side.

Costa is currently out on loan with Gremio in his home country, but an underwhelming time at the club means he would prefer to move elsewhere. Gremio was relegated this season, and the 31-year-old does not plan on playing in the second-tier of Brazil’s league football. Costa started his career before making a move to Europe with Shakhtar Donestk in a deal worth over €6 million.

LA GALAXY SIGN MLS VETERAN EDWARDS

Major League Soccer (MLS) giants LA Galaxy have announced the signing of Raheem Edwards as they continue to build their squad for the 2022 MLS season. His signing was confirmed by the club on Friday. 26-year-old Edwards has joined LA Galaxy as a free agent and his deal is through to the 2024 season with the option of the 2025 season. Edwards has a Green Card and is a domestic player as a result.

New LA Galaxy signing Edwards won’t have to change location as he's joining the club from city rivals LAFC having been at the MID club for the 2021 MLS season.

ARAUJO MAKES MEXICO DEBUT AGAINST CHILE

Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy) defender Julian Araujo made his international debut for the Mexico senior national team earlier this week on the back of his switch from the USMNT (United States Men's National Team). LA Galaxy right-back Araujo was called up to the Mexico squad by manager Gerardo‘Tata’ Martino ahead of the Chile game this week after he announced his international switch from the United States to Mexico.

ROBINSON NAMED IN US SQUAD

Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson has been named as part of the 25-man squad for the upcoming World Cup 2022 qualifying matches billed for this month.


The United States have a place at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in their sights ahead of the games against rivals Mexico and Jamaica. The United States will face Mexico for the first time in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the CONCACAF section on Friday, November 12 before taking on the Jamaicans four days later

ARAUJO, ALVAREZ MAKES BEST PLAYER LIST

The Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy) duo of Efrain Alvarez and Julian Araujo have been recognised after they were named as part of a 22-man list for the best player under the age of 22 on the MLS football scene.


As revealed by the LA Galaxy website, defender Araujo was fifth on the list, while midfielder Alvarez came in at 12th position on the list.

LA GALAXY WINLESS IN THREE GAMES

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Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy) are now winless in three MLS (Major League Soccer) games after Kevin Cabral rescued a late point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with hosts Los Angeles FC (LAFC) in the derby known as El Trafico. Cabral scored four minutes from time to ensure that LA Galaxy stopped the run of two straight defeats.

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LA Galaxy recorded their last win in the MLS in the middle of last month thanks to a 1-0 away win over Minnesota United. Since then, they had lost two successive matches at home before they took on LAFC in the derby. They were beaten 2-1 by visitors Colorado Rapids in the next MLS game that followed the Minnesota United clash. The same scoreline was recorded when LA Galaxy hosted San Jose Earthquake in their last home game.

LA GALAXY SEND DEFENDER ON LOAN

Major League Soccer (MLS) giants LA Galaxy have sent defender Giancarlo Gonzalez on loan. The loan deal was announced by LA Galaxy on Friday. The MLS giants have made the decision to send Gonzalez on loan to Alajuelense in the Costa Rican league. The loan deal is expected to be for the rest of this year.

Gonzalez has been linked with a move back to his native Costa Rica for several weeks but LA Galaxy were unable to get a club there to pay his transfer fee with his contract scheduled to end this year. The MLS giants then made the decision to send him out on loan for the entire duration of his existing contract with the club.

UNITED MIDFIELDER CONTINUES TO RECEIVE OFFERS FROM ABROAD

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is still making headlines as one of the most likely players that will be leaving the club this summer. While the Serbian midfielder would like to continue his stay at Old Trafford, he is equally open to listening to offers from other clubs if he gets a confirmation that he is no longer needed by Olé Gunnar Solksjær.

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