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MLS is not a league for 'retirees' - former LAFC defender Laurent Ciman

Laurent Ciman has told L'Equipe the image of the Major League Soccer as "a league of retirees" is "false" after moving from LAFC to Dijon.

Belgium international Ciman has signed a two-year deal with the Ligue 1 side after a three-year spell in MLS.

The defender left Standard Liege for Montreal Impact in 2015, but remained part of the Belgium squad for Euro 2016 and would have been included in the World Cup party had Vincent Kompany not been fit.

"People have an image here [in Europe] of a league...

Belgium international Laurent Ciman exits LAFC for move to Dijon

Taylor Twellman shares his takeaways from the final regular-season installment of the LA derby, a 1-1 draw between LA Galaxy and LAFC.

LAFC center-back Laurent Ciman has left the club less than a year after moving to Los Angeles to transfer to French club Dijon.

Ciman, 33, signed a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 team. LAFC will receive a transfer fee of around $500,000, a source told ESPN FC.

Ciman's deal with LAFC was set to expire at the end of the MLS season this winter, and he thanked the club for allowing him to leave.

"As you may have heard, we are leaving L.A. for France," Ciman wrote on social media on Tuesday. "I want...

LAFC defender Laurent Ciman closing in on Dijon transfer - sources

LAFC defender Laurent Ciman is on the verge of a move to Ligue 1 side Dijon, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Nicolas Martineau of TVA was first to report the news. A source with knowledge of the deal added that LAFC will receive a transfer fee of around $500,000 from Dijon in exchange for Ciman, who is poised to sign a multi-year contract.

The move comes at an auspicious time of the season for LAFC. The expansion side has fared well over the course of the campaign, and is on course to...

LAFC's Laurent Ciman not 'fully focused' for derby draw with LA Galaxy - Bob Bradley

Taylor Twellman shares his takeaways from the final regular-season installment of the LA derby, a 1-1 draw between LA Galaxy and LAFC.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored career goal No. 499, but a penalty kick by Carlos Vela earned LAFC a draw at crosstown rivals LA Galaxy.
Major League Soccer: Carlos Vela (51') LA Galaxy 1-1 LAFC
LAFC's Adama Diomande joins the ESPN FC Heineken Boot Room to discuss rivalry week, playing under Bob Bradley and how to stop Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

LAFC manager Bob Bradley said that he kept defender Laurent Ciman out of Friday's 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy because the player is not "fully focused at the moment" amid transfer rumors.

They secured the result despite losing center-back Danilo Silva to what a team spokesman described as hamstring tightness, and the visitors fell behind to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 14th-minute opener, but equalized in the second half thanks to Carlos Vela's 51st-minute penalty.

And with substitute center-back Dejan...

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Montreal Impact's Laurent Ciman 'shocked' by LAFC move - agent

Laurent Ciman had expected to spend the rest of his career with Impact.

Laurent Ciman was "shocked" to learn he had been traded to Los Angeles FC by the Montreal Impact on Tuesday, after expecting to see out his MLS career in Quebec, his agent has said.

Belgium international Ciman, 32, will swap Canada for California for the forthcoming MLS campaign with LAFC"s expansion draft picks Raheem Edwards and Jukka Raitala moving in the opposite direction.

Ciman, who joined from Standard Liege on a three-year deal in 2015, recently had a house built in Montreal. He was informed...


LAFC trades for Laurent Ciman after expansion draft

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Laurent Ciman
Laurent Ciman is headed to Los Angeles FC after Tuesday's trade.

Los Angeles FC acquired the Montreal Impact's Laurent Ciman in a trade for two players the new MLS club acquired in the expansion draft hours earlier.

Montreal will receive defenders Jukka Raitala and Raheem Edwards, whom LAFC selected with its final two picks in the draft from Columbus and Toronto, respectively.

Ciman, 32, was named MLS defender of the year in 2015 and helped Belgium qualify for the World Cup this year.

"Laurent is a top defender who provides leadership and great distribution,"...