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LAFC ranks third in SI MLS Ambition Rankings

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A surprise to some, but not really to us.

Los Angeles FC Hosts Banc Of Califorina Stadium Ribbon Cutting And Stadium Tour
Shaft Brewer Jr. #28 of the Los Angeles FC practices for the first time on the field at the Banc of California Stadium on April 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Sports Illustrated laid out its annual list of most ambitious Major League Soccer clubs on Monday and Los Angeles Football Club ranked third on the list.

Yeah, we weren’t really surprised considering how the club has grown during its short infancy, but it might be a shock to other clubs.

SI sent out a survey to all MLS clubs seeking their spending habits, decisions, goals and priorities which led to their ranking system.

LAFC trailed only Atlanta United and Toronto FC in the rankings, but considering you have the defending MLS Cup champ and last year’s darlings of the club that broke the bank during the transfer season, having a club that has barely played isn’t too shabby.

Los Angeles FC Hosts Banc Of Califorina Stadium Ribbon Cutting And Stadium Tour
The new crown jewel of Los Angeles, Banc of California Stadium, is set to open this weekend.
Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The club will open its new $350 million stadium this weekend in the heart of Los Angeles. Tossing in a new $30 million training facility and the preseason purchases of Mexican international Carlos Vela and Uruguayan standout Diego Rossi and you can see just how ambitious this club wants to be.

Oh, yeah, did we mention hiring respected manager Bob Bradley to lead the charge?

Yeah, we might have been a little lax on the uniform selection, but in the grand scheme … who cares?

All that’s left for LAFC is a trophy or two, but those will (hopefully) come in good time with the foundation laid already.

And, about relevance … who had to go out and buy Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Not LAFC!

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