Meet Diego Rossi: The unheralded 21-year-old ‘quarterback’ who has steered Los Angeles FC’s march toward the MLS Cup

Meet Diego Rossi: The unheralded 21-year-old ‘quarterback’ who has steered Los Angeles FC’s march toward the MLS Cup
  • Diego Rossi, 21, signed for Los Angeles FC from Uruguayan side Penarol in December 2017 for a fee of $4 million.
  • He’s now wanted all over Europe after an impressive two seasons at the Banc of California Stadium, in which he’s managed 28 goals and 18 assists so far.
  • Here’s the story of how he rose to become one of the most sought after stars in the MLS.
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Carlos Vela has been the poster boy for Los Angeles FC’s ascension to MLS glory over the past two seasons.

The Mexico international broke the division’s scoring record this year with his tally of 34, and was named in its “Best XI” in 2018, helping LAFC make the play-offs both years.

But while Vela may have been LAFC’s wide receiver — the man who puts the ball in the end zone — it is another star who has been its quarterback.

That man is Diego Rossi

Signed from Uruguayan side Penarol in 2017, Rossi is usually deployed as a winger but has adopted the role of “playmaker” for Bob Bradley’s side.

Often drifting in off the flanks, the 21-year-old regularly drops deep to collect the ball before driving at the defence with his devilish pace and trickery, or picking a pass for one his teammates.

It’s a style of play that was worked to devastating effect for himself and his team.

So far this term, the Uruguayan has scored 16 goals and assisted a further seven, while last, he managed 12 and nine respectively.

“Diego is such a good player to have on the field, to work with,” Bradley said of the 21-year-old last year, according to MLS Soccer. “He’s deceptive. He’s fast. He’s also unselfish on his end.”

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Nicolas Lodeiro, Rossi’s countryman who currently plays for the Seattle Sounders, has played against him, and reciprocates Bradley’s praise.

“Diego is a great soccer player, with a lot of talent and a bright future,” Lodeiro told MLS Socc

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15-year-old tennis sensation Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff reaches her first ever WTA final, says ‘it’s crazy’

15-year-old tennis sensation Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff reaches her first ever WTA final, says ‘it’s crazy’
  • “Coco” Gauff has advanced to her first ever WTA final.
  • Gauff is the 15-year-old American who has taken the tennis world by storm this year.
  • Gauff attracted worldwide fame for the way she played at the Wimbledon Championships in England.
  • She is now one win away from her first ever WTA title.
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Cori “Coco” Gauff has advanced to her first ever WTA final.

The 15-year-old American took the tennis world by storm after beating Venus Williams in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships in the summer. Reports followed that she’d be a millionaire before the end of the year. She then took part in a blockbuster US Open ma

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Portugal, France win European Qualifiers

Portugal, France win European Qualifiers

Czech Republic beat England as Andorra win their first game in 56 European Qualifiers

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Highlights of the European Qualifier Group H game between Iceland and France

Highlights of the European Qualifier Group H game between Iceland and France

Olivier Giroud and Cristiano Ronaldo were both on target as France and Portugal won their respective European Qualifiers on Friday.

France edge past Iceland

Olivier Giroud scored the only goal from the penalty spot as world champions France claimed a 1-0 victory in their crunch European Qualifier in Iceland.

The Chelsea striker tucked home in the 66th minute of the Group H clash in Reykjavik after Antoine Griezmann had been kicked by Ari Skulason.

France had the better chances of a tame first half although Griezmann was well off target with a free-kick. Giroud felt France should have had a penalty for handball by Kari Arnason but nothing was given and the striker was booked for his protests.

Iceland threatened when Jon Bodvarsson had a shot deflected at Steve Mandanda and Birkir Bjarnason headed wide from a corner.

The key moment did not come until after the hour when Griezmann charged into the area and was kicked in the thigh by Skulason. Giroud confidently dispatched the spot-kick, sending Hannes Halldorsson the wrong way.

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France had opportunities to make victory more comfortable in the latter stages. Blaise Matuidi hit the post with a low shot in the 78th minute after a good run by Kingsley Coman. Wissam Ben Yedder also got a sight of goal after controlling nicely and playing a one-two with Griezmann but Halldorsson saved with his feet.

Injury-hit France stay second in Group H behind Turkey, with both teams level on 18 points, after Senol Gunes’ side beat Albania 1-0, with Cenk Tosun scoring in the 90th minute. Turkey stay top by virtue of their 2-0 win against France in June, with the pair meeting again in the European Qualifiers on Monday.

Ronaldo scores in Portugal win

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 94th goal for Portugal against Luxembourg

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 94th goal for Portugal against Luxembourg

Nations League champions Portugal eased to a 3-0 win against Luxembourg in Lisbon, and missed a string of chances to win by a bigger margin.

Top scorer Ronaldo had been hoping to get two strikes to reach the milestone of 700 goals at club and international level, but his one goal – the second for Portugal on the night – demonstrated his class when a defensive blunder allowed the Juventus forward to race clear and beat goalkeeper Anthony Moris with a delightful lob from the edge of the penalty area.

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Highlights of the European Qualifier between Portugal and Luxembourg

Highlights of the European Qualifier between Portugal and Luxembourg

Moris produced a barrage of fine saves to keep the score respectable after Bernardo Silva pounced on a loose ball and steered it past two defenders on the line to fire the home side ahead in the 16th minute.

Poor finishing coupled with Moris’s heroics kept Portugal at bay before Ronaldo netted his 94th international goal to reach the 699 mark at senior level and Goncalo Guedes sealed the win with an 89th-minute effort.

Ukraine also eased to a victory against Lithuania in Group B, with Ruslan Malinovskiy netted both goals in a 2-0 win. It keeps them top of the group, five points ahead of Portugal who have a game in hand, and Ukraine will qualify for Euro 2020 if they avoid defeat against Portugal on Monday.

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Andorra secure famous victory

Andorra secure