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MLS Round-Up: Dallas Sign Lizarazo, Montreal Sign Ciman, ACB Provides LA Love

A general view of the Angel City Brigade fans during the MLS match between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center on August 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes 3-0. August 31, 2013| Credit: Victor Decolongon

In today’s MLS Round-Up, we take a look at three teams that are in the news. First, we look at Oscar Pareja‘s FC Dallas. They have signed Colombian attacker Carlos Lizarazo to a one-year loan from Liga MX side Cruz Azul. It is Pareja’s hope that he will find his form with Dallas this season.

“Carlos is a very talented player,” said Pareja. “He is very technical, very vertical with a powerful shot. He will add something different to our team. He is an intelligent and he can play forward.”

“I am going to give [Lizarazo] a time frame of two or three months to get fit. After that, he’ll need to face some competition [to get match fit]. He needs some games, some repetition, but I am glad to be the team that gives him this opportunity. He needs this chance and we were willing to bring a guy that we know will help us in the long run.”

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Belgian defender Laurent Ciman, the reigning MLS Defender of the Year, has signed a one-year extension with Mauro Biello‘s Montreal Impact, meaning he will don the colors of L’Impact until the end of the 2018 season.

“More and more, we’ll see some more flexibility in terms of what teams are able to say,” Impact technical director Adam Braz told MLSSoccer.com’s Olivier Tremblay. “It’s important to show that Laurent wants to be here and wanted to extend. It’s important for us to let people know that we feel he’s an important part of our team and we’ll try to build some stability. He’s one of the important pillars of the team, as he showed last year.”

“I’ve always favored the sports aspect and my heart over the financial side,” Ciman said of the extension. “I feel great here. People are respectful. The supporters like me. I feel appreciated. I feel useful.

“This team wants to grow. The club wants to be at the forefront of things, and that’s interesting to me. I played well in my first season. I want to keep going, do better with every season. I was missing a league title in Belgium. Hopefully, I’ll win it here.”

Finally, we return to Bruce Arena‘s Los Angeles Galaxy, where we highlight LA’s main supporter group, the Angel City Brigade, representing a diverse mix of persuasions from across the Greater Los Angeles area.

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“This means everything to us. Supporting my team is hard to explain in words because I have such an immense love for this team which represents this city,” said Angel City Brigade capo John Arias to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “This is the city that I was born in, the city that I was raised in, and the city that I love. ACB is Los Angeles because we’re everywhere in Los Angeles.

“We’re not just the South Bay or the San Fernando Valley. We’re everywhere from all the way in the Inland Empire to Orange County. We are Southern California. We are LA. ACB is about bringing together a bunch of people from all corners into this stadium to support this team which represents our city.”

“From the beginning, the Galaxy have been embraced by Latinos. That’s representative in ACB because we have members who have been around since the team was founded,” added ACB member Roberto Mora. “The current makeup of ACB is a culmination of the last 20 or so years of soccer fans in Los Angeles.

“You have your fans in the suites rolling up in BMWs, but you also have the fans in General Admission who take the bus to games. The Galaxy fan fully embraces what Los Angeles is, and that is incredibly diverse. Everyone in ACB has their day job, everyone has their lives that they live, but at the end of the day, we come to the stadium and represent Los Angeles. No matter where we’re from, we’re all Los Angeles.”

Here’s your MLS Preseason scores from Thursday and Friday.

Feb. 11

Thursday

  • Portland 1, Real Salt Lake 0
  • Philadelphia 2, Chicago 4
Feb. 12

Friday

  • NYCFC 1, OKC Energy FC 0

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