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MLS media day in Los Angeles caps busy week for league

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri speaks at a ceremony where he was awarded Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player Award on Dec. 4, 2017, at the North American headquarters of Adidas in Portland, Ore. Valeri had a team-high 21 goals and 11 assists for the Timbers. (AP Photo/Anne M. Peterson)

First, there was the player combine in Orlando. Then the SuperDraft in Philadelphia. Now, Major League Soccer is off to Los Angeles for its annual media day.

About 30 top players from across the league will gather for a day full of interviews with local and national media outlets. 

Some of the players expected to attend include 2017 MLS MVP Diego Valeri of Portland, Newcomer of the Year Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United), Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire), U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) and 2017 assists leader Sacha Kljestan (Orlando City).

Media day caps a long week of events leading to the start of preseason camp for MLS teams.

The MLS Player Combine was held in Orlando from Jan.11-17. The event allowed top collegiate athletes to show off in front of coaches before the draft.

The first two rounds of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft took place Friday morning at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Expansion side Los Angeles FC took former Akron defender Joao Moutinho No. 1 overall. Check out a recap of the first two SuperDraft rounds here. 

Following media day, the final two rounds of the draft will be held Sunday via conference call and then players report to preseason training on Monday. 

Here’s a list of players expected at media day:

Atlanta United

Miguel Almiron           

Josef Martinez  

Chicago Fire

Nemanja Nikolic 

Colorado Rapids

Tim Howard

Columbus Crew

Federico Higuain 

DC United

Luciano Acosta 

FC Dallas

Mauro Diaz                 

Houston Dynamo

Alberth Ellis 

LA Galaxy

Jonathan Dos Santos

Giovani Dos Santos 

LAFC

Carlos Vela 

Omar Gaber 

Minnesota United

Francisco Calvo          

Montreal Impact

Ignacio Piatti 

NE Revolution

Diego Fagundez 

NYCFC

David Villa

Jack Harrison

NY Red Bulls

Bradley Wright Phillips 

Orlando City

Yoshimar Yotun 

Sacha Klejstan 

Philadelphia Union                 

Andre Blake 

Portland Timbers

Diego Valeri

Real Salt Lake

Albert Rusnak                             

San Jose Earthquakes

Anibal Godoy 

Seattle Sounders

Roman Torres 

Nico Lodeiro       

Sporting Kansas City

Tim Melia        

Vancouver Whitecaps

Kendall Waston 

Joao Moutinho (left) poses with MLS Commissioner Don Barber after being taken No. 1 overall by Los Angeles FC in the 2018 MLS Super Draft. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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