Bob Bradley recovers from Swansea nightmare as LAFC take MLS by storm

The former USA coach admitted he ‘failed’ during his brief stay in the Premier League. But his new team are close to unstoppable this season

Los Angeles already had the most successful franchise in Major League Soccer history. A team that have won more championships (five) and made more MLS Cup finals (nine) than any other. Between 2011 and 2014, three titles were delivered by an array of global superstars and a coach once dubbed the Sir Alex Ferguson of American soccer.

LAFC’s unashamed aim was always to usurp the Galaxy when they made their MLS debut last year. The way they saw it, Los Angeles didn’t even have a team, with the Galaxy playing their games out by the tennis courts and suburban communities of Carson. LAFC, on the other hand, play so close to downtown that the skyline is visible between the stands of the Banc of California Stadium.

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Window or aisle, Zlatan? Why MLS teams still fly commercial

MLS players have complained about flying cross country with little legroom and plenty of layovers. Others says the league has more pressing problems

There are a few different categories of Airport People. There are the holidaymakers, often already in beachwear and almost always with a brightly coloured neck pillow hung on their shoulders like an NBA star wearing a pair of oversized headphones. Then there are The Business People in crumpled suits. You may smell their coffee breath before you see them.

Major League Soccer players could make up a third category. Indeed, few people spend more time in airport North American departure lounges. Their season is a long one and with teams located as far north as Vancouver, as far east as Foxborough, as far west as San Jose and as far south as Orlando, travel days are just part of the job.

Related: Wayne Rooney scores stunning goal from beyond halfway line for DC United

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Wayne Rooney scores stunning goal from beyond halfway line for DC United

  • Former England captain mobbed by teammates after goal
  • Strike proved to be match winner against Orlando City

Wayne Rooney continues to add to his highlight reel in Major League Soccer. On Wednesday night he scored DC United from beyond the halfway line for one of the best goals of his long career.

The goal came in the 10th minute of DC’s game against Orlando City. Rooney picked up the ball in his own half and say Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe well off his line. He proceeded to drive the ball over Rowe, and was promptly mobbed by his teammates. It proved to be the only goal of the game.


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