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LAFC Notebook: Kaye undergoes surgery, transfer window recap and U.S. Open Cup loss

Los Angeles FC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye had successful surgery on his left medial malleolus — the lump on the inside of the ankle formed by the end of the tibia — to repair a fracture.

The injury occurred during LAFC’s July 26 match against the LA Galaxy. The surgery was performed Aug. 6 by Dr. Rachel Triche at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His expected recovery time is four to six months, which means he will miss the rest of the regular season. Best case scenario, he could begin training again in November.

 Secondary Transfer Window Recap

The secondary transfer window officially closed Wednesday night, and LAFC took full advantage. No LAFC players departed during the window, but the team was able to add:

  • Andre Horta, who signed with the club back in March, was officially added to the roster when the secondary transfer window opened earlier this summer. The 21-year-old midfielder most recently played with SL Benfica of Portugal’s First Division.
  • Danilo Silva joined the team on a five-month loan from Internacional in Brazil. He spent a large part of his professional career in the Ukrainian league as well. He also played under Bob Bradley in 2005 with the now-defunct Metrostars. 
  • Christian Ramirez was traded from Minnesota United FC in exchange for up to $1 million dollars in allocation money over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He is a Southern California native, having attended college at UC Santa Barbara and Concordia after attending La Quinta High School in Westminster, Calif.
  • Josh Perez is a midfielder acquired from Fiorentina in Serie A, but with Southern California roots. He was in the Chivas USA youth system from 2011-2013 and later signed a four year contract with Fiorentina. 

U.S. Open Cup loss

Los Angeles FC’s U.S. Open Cup run came to an end Wednesday night after a dramatic loss in penalty kicks to the Houston Dynamo. Despite the loss, there were many positives to be taken from the match, ones the team can use in the final stretch of the MLS season. 

“I told the guys after the game that, ‘Man, I couldn’t be prouder, and there is a lot to build on,'” said head coach Bob Bradley. “If they continue to believe in what we do, and we continue to improve and work, you get rewarded. It just didn’t happen tonight.”
 
Forward Diego Rossi scored a hat trick in the match, with goals in the 6, 78 and 95 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to propel his side to victory. Rossi opened the scoring in the match, but Houston responded with three goals to give them a 3-1 lead over LAFC. Rossi’s third goal, the equalizer, sent the tired teams to extra time and eventually penalty kicks. Houston finally won the penalty shootout in the eighth round as Philippe Senderos converted his shot and LAFC’s Latif Blessing’s was saved. 

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