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LAFC adds Eduard Atuesta from Independiente Medellin on loan

Eduard Atuesta, right, is headed for MLS with LAFC.
Eduard Atuesta, right, is headed for MLS with LAFC.

LAFC has acquired midfielder Eduard Atuesta on loan from Colombian side Independiente Medellin, the new MLS club announced on Tuesday.

Independiente announced earlier on Tuesday that Atuesta had signed with MLS without specifying which team, and LAFC then confirmed they had signed the midfielder using targeted allocation money.

However, it seems unlikely that the 20-year-old will arrive in time for this weekend's inaugural fixture against the Seattle Sounders.

"Eduard is a young midfielder of great...

 By Tim Vickery

Eight slots up for grabs before Copa Libertadores enters knockout play

Jonathan Gomez and Santa Fe must defeat The Strongest to advance in the Copa Libertadores.

Half of the places have been filled in the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores. This final week of the group phase, then, is all about filling the other half.

Eight slots remain, and 14 teams are chasing them. In some cases, it is a straight shootout. In Group 5, for example, either Colombia's Santa Fe or The Strongest of Bolivia will join Santos of Brazil in the knockout phase. The two teams meet in Bogota on Tuesday. Santa Fe need to win. A draw is good enough for The Strongest. But the Bolivians...

 By Tim Vickery

How many of the remaining Copa Libertadores slots will Colombia grab?

As the group phase of the Copa Libertadores moves into the home straight, only four teams have so far booked their place in the knockout rounds -- Barcelona of Ecuador, Godoy Cruz and River Plate of Argentina and Atletico Mineiro of Brazil.

Twelve places remain. One of the themes of this week's action is clear; how many, if any, of these slots will go to Colombia?

The idea of a Colombian wipeout seems strange. But the possibility exists that all three Colombian representatives will fail to make...

Bolivian fan stabbed to death in brawl with Colombia hooligans

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- A Bolivian fan was killed in a knife attack after he was apparently caught up in a brawl between rival Colombian hooligans groups.

Police in Bolivia on said Tuesday that 35-year-old Nicolas Rojas died in a knife attack in the city of Cochabamba. Police say the victim was gathered in a bus terminal with supporters of Colombian club Independiente Medellin when this group confronted followers of rival Colombian club Deportivo Cali.

Police say the Deportivo Cali group was on the way...

 By Tim Vickery

Quintero to relight spark of once promising career with Medellin in Copa

Juan Fernando Quintero was once hailed as the future of Colombian football. He may still be.

There are not too many stars from the 2014 World Cup in action in the 2017 Copa Libertadores. True, Brazil's much-maligned centre-forward Fred is still banging in the goals for Atletico Mineiro, where Ecuador centre-back Frickson Erazo is recovering from injury. A compatriot of his, once of Major League Soccer, Oswaldo Minda is a substitute for Barcelona of Guayaquil. And a trio of Uruguayan players have returned home to round out their careers: defenders Jorge Fucile and Alvaro Gonzalez with Nacional...