Major League Soccer
“Nuestro soccer is everywhere.”
After a hot start during its inaugural season, Los Angeles Football Club has continued to turn heads around Major League Soccer. The Carlos Vela-led expansion team is scoring goals, playing entertaining soccer and packing their brand new stadium with raucous supporters. But the Los Angeles Galaxy, five-time MLS Cup champs, have something to say about who really rules the city. When LAFC showed up to their house for their first official showdown, Zlatan Ibrahimovic led a thrilling comeback that gave the Galaxy bragging rights. The burgeoning rivalry between the two teams has people all over L.A. picking sides. In a new ad for Major League soccer, it looks like pop singer Miguel has made his choice. In Spanglish, Miguel, wearing a Galaxy jersey, explains what draws him and so many other Latino fans to Major League soccer. Miguel’s choice shouldn’t come as a big surprise — he grew up in San Pedro, only a few miles away from the Galaxy’s home stadium.
In recent years, Major League Soccer has seen a surge in talented Latino players, many of them in the early stages or primes of their careers. Miguel Almiron (Paraguay), Ezequiel Barco (Argentina) and Josef Martinez (Venezuela) have been a big part of Atlanta United’s early success. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) and Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact) of Argentina have been holding it down for their teams for several seasons. Ozzy Alonso (Cuba), Roman Torres (Panama) and Nico Lodeiro (Uruguay) won an MLS Cup with Seattle Sounders in 2016. LAFC boast a talented attacking trio of Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi (Uruguay) and Marco Ureña (Costa Rica). And, of course, Miguel’s L.A. Galaxy features Mexican stars Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos.