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7 best LAFC players of all time

Gareth Bale

LAFC’s brilliant star to life in Major League Soccer has been made possible by the contributions of several club legends.

Not many clubs can hit the ground running like LAFC did back in 2019 — their second season in the league — when they recorded 72 points during the 34-game regular season. Although New England Revolution would go on to break that record with 73 points in 2021, it was still an impressive feat by a team in its infancy in MLS.

Since the Black and Gold’s inaugural 2018 campaign, the Western Conference club have gone on to lift one MLS Cup in 2022 and two Supporters’ Shield titles in 2022 and 2019. However, those pieces of silverware wouldn’t have been lifted without help from iconic players.

Here are the top seven players in LAFC’s history.

Gareth Bale

Bale’s time in LA was short / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Gareth Bale’s time in Los Angeles was short, but he definitely had a major impact on the history of the club.

Yes, he may have scored just three goals in 13 appearances for LAFC, but one of those goals just happened to be in the 128th minute of extra time in stoppage time to send 2022 MLS Cup to penalty kicks — which the Black and Gold would go on to win.

Giorgio Chiellini

Chiellini anchored the backline / Shaun Clark/GettyImages

Italian legend Giorgio Chiellini’s time at BMO Stadium was also short like Bale’s but he formed a terrific partnership at the back alongside Jesus Murillo during the 2023 season.

Although Chiellini is now retired from soccer, he’ll always be able to recall his temporary stay in Los Angeles that was rather successful as he lifted 2022 MLS Cup.

Jesus Murillo

Murillo has become a mainstay in the backline / Omar Vega/GettyImages

Where would LAFC be without the experienced Jesus Murillo?

The 30-year-old center-back has more than played his part in the club’s recent success, suiting up 124 times for the Black and Gold that includes a goal in 2022 MLS Cup. Even though LAFC failed to go back-to-back in 2023, Murillo was part of the defense that got the Black and Gold back in the final.

Diego Rossi

Rossi stole show during his time in LA / Abbie Parr/GettyImages

Before Diego Rossi led Columbus Crew to MLS Cup glory in December of last year, the Uruguayan was banging in the goals for LAFC a few years prior.

The versatile attacker quickly become of the most feared forwards in all of MLS after bagging 17 goals in the club’s first-ever campaign in 2018. Rossi went on to manage 59 goals — the second-most in team history — to help LAFC lift the 2019 Supporters’ Shield before…

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