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Preseason | Important LAFC Dates, Camp Invitees & More

The wait is over.

It might have only seemed like an eternity. Three months without LAFC on the pitch is just too long. But all of that is behind us now, as we can officially say: Welcome to the preseason!

On Monday, the LAFC squad - sans a few players, more on that later - arrived at the LAFC Performance Center for the first day of preseason training. Bob Bradley's squad gets a head start on preseason camp as one of five MLS teams in the 2020 Concacaf Champions Leauge - LAFC's first competitive match is Feb. 18 in Léon, while the MLS season kicks off on March 1 at home to Inter Miami FC.

"The period without football is always a little bit weird," Bradley said on the team's first day back in training. "There's a lot of work to be done and there's travel in terms of going to look at players. There are good discussions. But, man, we miss getting on the field every day and the attitude and commitment of the players. It drives us all.

"It's that passion and that love of what we're doing that is special. As soon as we get started, you can tell everybody is fired up and ready for a new season."

Who's In Camp

As in previous seasons, in addition to the players already under contract, LAFC has invited a group of players as trialists to preseason camp. These players join LAFC's 2020 SuperDraft picks as players looking to make the roster ahead of the season. They are not currently under contract and would need to be signed to compete in competitive matches like the Concacaf Champions League and MLS regular season.

LAFC's preseason roster as of the start of camp on Jan. 13 is below:

NO

NAME

POS.

PRONUNCIATION

BIRTHDATE

BIRTHPLACE

LAST CLUB

2

Jordan Harvey

DEF

 

01/28/1984

Mission Viejo, CA

Vancouver Whitecaps

4

Eddie Segura

DEF

 

02/02/1997

Pereira, Colombia

Atletico Huila

5

Dejan Jaković

DEF

YA-ko-vich

07/16/1985

Karlovac, Yugoslavia

New York Cosmos

6

Danilo Silva

DEF

Dah-NEE-lo

11/24/1986

Campinas, Brazil

Internacional

7

Latif Blessing

FWD

La-TEEF

12/30/1996

Accra, Ghana

Sporting KC

9

Diego Rossi

FWD

 

03/05/1998

Montevideo, Uruguay

Peñarol

10

Carlos Vela

FWD

 

03/01/1989

Cancún, Mexico

Real Sociedad

12

Diego Palacios

DEF

 

07/12/1999

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Willem II

13

Mohamed El-Munir

DEF

Elle-Moo-NEER

04/08/1992

Tripoli, Libya

Orlando City SC

14

Mark-Anthony Kaye

MID

Kay

12/02/1994

Toronto, Canada

Louisville City

15

Alejandro Guido

MID

GHEE-doe

03/22/1994

San Diego, CA

Club Tijuana

17

Brian Rodriguez

FWD

 

06/20/2000

Tranqueras, Uruguay

Peñarol

18

Josh Pérez

FWD

 

01/21/1998

Montebello, CA

Fiorentina

20

Eduard Atuesta

MID

Ah-TWO-esta

06/18/1997

Velez, Colombia

Independiente Medellin

23

Pablo Sisniega

GK

Sees-nee-eh-gah

07/07/1995

Mexico City, Mexico

Real Sociedad

25

Walker Zimmerman

DEF

 

05/19/1993

Lawrenceville, GA

FC Dallas

26

Adrien Perez

FWD

 

10/13/1995

Ontario, CA

Ontario Fury (MASL)

27

Tristan Blackmon

DEF

 

08/12/1996

Las Vegas, NV

University of the Pacific

40

Phillip Ejimadu

GK

Eh-gee-MAH-doo

08/31/1999

Minneapolis, MN

Nacional Atletico Clube

99

Adama Diomande

FWD

Dee-oh-MAN-day

02/14/1990

Oslo, Norway

Hull City

 

Danny Musovski

FWD

 

11/30/1995

Henderson, NV

Reno 1868

 

Francisco Ginella

MID

Gee-nela

01/21/1999

Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo Wanderers

 

José Cifuentes

MID

 

03/12/1999

Esmeraldas, Ecuador

América de Quito

 

Paulo Pita*

GK

Pee-ta

06/03/1994

São Paulo, Brazil

Marshall University

 

Jack Hallahan*

FWD

 

11/17/1996

Redditch, England

University of Michigan

 

Bradley Wright-Phillips**

FWD

 

03/12/1985

Lewisham, England

New York Red Bulls

 

Christian Diaz**

DEF

 

04/07/1991

Guadalajara, Mexico

Forward Madison

 

Sam Silvera**

MID

 

25/10/2000

Sydney, Australia

Central Coast Mariners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* SuperDraft Picks

 

 

 

 

 

 

** Trialists

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aside from the new faces in camp, there is one group of players to note that are away as things kick off.

Diego Rossi (Uruguay), Francisco Ginella (Uruguay), Eduard Atuesta (Colombia), Eddie Segura (Colombia) and new signing José Cifuentes (Ecuador) are with their respective countries' U23s in preparation for the CONMEBOL Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The eight-team South American tournament starts on Jan. 18 in Colombia and concludes on Feb. 9. The tournament's two finalists qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo this summer.

Let The Games Begin

To prepare players for competitive matches starting in the middle of February, LAFC will take part in a handful of friendlies in Los Angeles.

The 2020 preseason friendly schedule kicks off with an international event between LAFC and Uruguayan powerhouse Peñarol. The two clubs have close ties with LAFC signing Diego Rossi and Brian Rodríguez from the 50-time champions of Uruguay. 

LAFC vs Peñarol - 1/25/20

In addition to the Peñarol friendly, LAFC will host three preseason matches, the final of which will be open to the public - fans purchasing a ticket to the Peñarol match will receive a free ticket to the final preseason match against Toronto FC.

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME MEDIA PUBLIC
1/25/20 Peñarol BOCS 7:30pm Open Open
1/31/20 NYCFC BOCS TBD Closed Closed
2/6/20 FC Dallas BOCS 1:00pm Open Closed
2/12/20 Toronto FC BOCS 12:00pm Open Open

Football is back. LAFC is back. After a record-breaking second season, LAFC is aiming for even more trophies in 2020. Here's Bob Bradley once again to sum up his and his staff's excitement ahead of the new season: 

"We're all excited to begin our third season. Talking with the staff, there's been a lot of discussion from the loss against Seattle until now. We're constantly thinking about the way we work and the way we train and how we can continue to evolve on the field.

"We're committed to the football that we play and we just look for all the little things we can do better so that we continue to be a team that competes at the top of MLS and, obviously, this year in Champions League."

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