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Jose Cifuentes’ injury update, plus a possible LAFC transfer rumor

That and more news for your Friday.

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For those thinking new Los Angeles Football Club signing Jose Cifuentes was doomed to spend months on the sideline with an injury picked up in South American Olympic qualifying with Ecuador this week, some good news courtesy of journalist John Rojas, who relayed the message that Cifuentes was expected to be back in action in a matter of days.

This means Cifuentes will miss Friday’s game against Venezuela in the qualifying tournament, most likely, but he might be in line for a return in the competition, maybe as soon as Monday against Argentina if treatment and recovery go well. Either way, sounds like the doomsday predictions were thankfully way off.

Here’s more news for your Friday:

  • Transfer(ish) rumor: LAFC are apparently not done with the Peñarol pipeline, as a Uruguayan journalist is reporting 19-year-old forward Facundo Torres has been invited to train with LAFC, purportedly a player they’ve been tracking for a year.
  • Torres does not appear to have made his first-team debut with Peñarol, but is a product of their youth ranks, and he has national team experience with the U-15s and U-17s. I think this report is credible, but LAFC might just be bringing him in to see him train for a day or two, or they could be giving him an extended look before making a transfer offer. Definitely a wait-and-see situation at this point.
  • South American Olympic qualifying update: Colombia (Eduard Atuesta, Eddie Segura) have the bye this matchday in their group, so they won’t be back in action until Monday against Venezuela. Uruguay (Diego Rossi, Francisco Ginella) will take on Bolivia on Saturday, with their group-stage bye coming on the final matchday, so they’ll have to put themselves in the best possible position to advance over the next two games.
  • First game of the season Saturday! If you forgot, LAFC will kick off their preseason slate Saturday night against Uruguayan outfit Peñarol. The game is scheduled for 7:30 pm PT at The Banc (you can buy tickets here) and from what I’ve heard, there will not be a TV broadcast for the game, nor will ESPN radio be doing a broadcast this year. So you gotta be there in person to catch the action.
  • Podcast zone: This week, Dave Denholm checked in from training camp on Soccer Weekly, featuring a bunch of interviews with players, the Season Pass podcast is back, with the guys in particular asking about the right back situation and what’s going to happen with the glut of midfielders, Defenders of the Banc previews the Peñarol game, the Counter Press podcast is also back, and FCFC talks to Fern. That should tide you over for a long commute or even a fairly long road trip.

Today’s question: What’s the best food/drink to consume during a pregame tailgate? It’s Friday, let’s have some fun and chat in the comments!