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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
3 Houston 0 0 0 0
4 LA Galaxy 0 0 0 0
5 Minnesota 0 0 0 0
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After heavy investment in attack, MLS teams are spending big in defense

Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar discuss Fredy Montero's return to MLS, and other players' reaction to the move.
MLS teams have more room to pay big money for defenders, like LA Galaxy's recently re-signed Jelle van Damme.

You don't have to go back too far in Major League Soccer to see that high-priced signings were almost the exclusive purview of attacking players. It made sense. In a salary-cap league, that was where teams -- especially those willing to shell out money for the league's highest paid players -- could get the most bang for the buck. But this offseason, there has been a noticeable shift in where teams allocate their precious financial assets.

So far this preseason, based on releases of player signings...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

LA Galaxy extend Jelle Van Damme contract, making him a DP

Sebastian Salazar, Doug McIntyre and Jeff Carlisle discuss all things MLS with the 2017 season on the horizon.

The LA Galaxy extended the contract of defender Jelle Van Damme on Wednesday, making the Belgian veteran a designated player for the start of the 2017 season.

Van Damme, who was a finalist for the 2016 MLS Defender of the Year award, will be LA's third DP. Giovani dos Santos and newly signed French winger Romain Alessandrini occupy the Galaxy's other two designated player spots.

"Jelle showed last season that he is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in Major League Soccer," Galaxy GM Pete Vagenas...

Frank Lampard retirement: Chelsea legend's top five moments

From his rise at West Ham to his stardom at Chelsea, the FC crew look back on Frank Lampard's 21-year career.
Steve Nicol shares how Frank Lampard will be remembered following the former Chelsea playmaker's retirement announcement.
As Chelsea and England legend Frank Lampard retires, we look at eight facts about the midfield maestro.

After a remarkable 302 goals in 1018 matches at club and international level over the course of an illustrious 20-year professional career, Frank Lampard has retired. 

ESPN FC takes a look back at the top five moments of Lampard's career:

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Romain Alessandrini joins LA Galaxy as designated player

Giovani Dos Santos says what he expects in 2017 without Bruce Arena or Robbie Keane.
Romain Alessandrini has joined the LA Galaxy ahead of the 2017 season.

The LA Galaxy signed French midfielder Romain Alessandrini as a designated player on Tuesday.

Alessandrini, 27, has spent his entire career in France and joins from Marseille, where he played for the past two and a half seasons.

A league source told ESPN FC that the Galaxy and MLS will pay Marseille a transfer fee of $1.75 million, with Alessandrini earning a salary of $2m per season.

After making 57 league and cup appearances with 11 goals during his first two campaigns with Marseille, Alessandrini...

Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan leave U.S. camp ahead of Jamaica friendly

 

Midfielders Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan have left the U.S. training camp and will miss Friday's exhibition against Jamaica at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said Monday that Jones is reporting to the LA Galaxy and Kljestan is awaiting the birth of his child.

Both started Sunday's 0-0 tie against Serbia in San Diego, the first game for the Americans since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann and started his second stint as coach.

Twenty-one players remain on the roster...