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Get to know LAFC midfielder Calum Mallace

Veteran MLSer looking to make impact with expansion side.

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Getting ready for the 2018 Los Angeles Football Club season? Yeah, we are too. We’re gearing up for the expansion team’s campaign with a look at each of the players who have been officially added for the season. Today we look at midfielder Calum Mallace.


Age: 28

How LAFC acquired him: Signed on Jan. 17, 2018, after being selected in Stage 2 of the 2017 Re-Entry Draft

Position(s): Midfielder

Previous pro playing experience:

Seattle Sounders (2017):

  • 0 appearances

Seattle Sounders 2 (2017, loan stints):

  • 3 USL appearances (all starts)

Montreal Impact (2012-17):

  • 80 MLS regular season appearances (51 starts), 1 goal, 6 assists
  • 6 MLS Cup Playoffs appearances (1 start)
  • 8 Canadian Championship appearances (6 starts)
  • 9 CONCACAF Champions League appearances (5 starts)
  • Set up the crucial injury-time goal against Pachuca in the knockout stage to ensure Montreal’s progression in the CCL
  • Titles: 2013 Canadian Championship; 2014 Canadian Championship; 2014-15 CCL finalist

Minnesota United (2013, loan):

  • 12 NASL appearances (11 starts), 1 goal

International: No

Scouting Report

The guy that will always be remembered in Montreal for his miracle pass! While he probably does not have many big moments but in 2015 he made a 65 yard cross that set up the most memorable goal in Impact history. He may not get the most minutes but he has those plays in his bag of tricks. The reason his minutes were limited is he sometimes loses himself on the field and makes costly errors. He is the type of player with great work ethic that can pull out a few good games a season and be a decent substitution. ~ Emily Santella, Mount Royal Soccer

How will he feature for LAFC in 2018?

Mallace will most likely be a depth piece and defensive-minded midfield substitution option for the expansion side. He’s a guy with decent fundamentals and appears to do what’s asked of him in training and games, but at this point in his career he does not appear to be a player capable of making a big leap to be a good starter in MLS. As long as LAFC properly fill out their midfield, he’s probably projected to play around 20 games in 2018, with most of those appearances coming off the bench.

Video

Here’s a video of “that pass” in Champions League to set up Cameron Porter’s dramatic goal:

And here’s a goofy getting to know you video from 2015:

Fun facts:

  • Born in Scotland, Mallace moved to Minnesota as a boy. He’s a U.S. citizen now but still eligible for selection to the Scottish National Team!
  • Played college soccer at Marquette University. He started playing high school soccer in eighth grade
  • Older brother Craig played professional soccer in USL for the Minnesota Thunder, which existed just prior to the NASL version of Minnesota United
  • Rooted for Scottish side Airdrieonians FC as a kid

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