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What Angels on Parade is thankful for in 2019

It’s not too hard to guess.

MLS Soccer - Los Angeles FC v Houston Dynamo Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images

The world was not engulfed in fire and brimstone in 2019, so we are thankful for that, first of all.

But it’s so much more than that. 2019 was a great year for Angels on Parade.

We had Los Angeles Football Club. And they won this.

Houston Dynamo v Los Angeles FC Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images

We are so thankful.

All of the LAFC squad was great. Their leader was the MLS Coach of the Year, Bob Bradley, who we are thankful for.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Special recognition to Carlos Vela, who scored this goal (plus over 30 more, but who’s counting)...

...and won the MLS MVP award after the best season in MLS history. We are so, so thankful.

MLS: Landon Donovan MVP Event Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

We are thankful for the culture that has sprung up around LAFC in the fanbase. Supporters groups maturing, new ones forming, so many podcasts for every angle and taste, more merch than you can buy. It feels amazing to be part of this community.

We are thankful to Orange County SC, covering them week in, week out for five years now. The club, the USL and this site have changed A LOT in that time, but we are thankful to be a part of Orange County SC’s culture and to see the changes over time have been for the better.

Courtesy of Orange County SC

Last and never least, thank you to you, the readers. This was Angels on Parade’s best year ever, not just because LAFC won the first trophy we’ve ever had the privilege to cover, not because both teams we cover went to the playoffs this year, not because the games were by and large fun to watch (not always a given in this business!). It was our best year because of your support and we are so very, very thankful for it. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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