In pictures: Seattle Sounders 0-1 LAFC – MLS newcomers make statement with debut win

Seattle Sounders 0-1 LAFC – Los Angeles FC‘s first MLS game in history couldn’t have gone much better. They went to Seattle Sounders, one of the league’s most difficult places to visit, and showed incredible composure and belief to come away with a special 1-0 victory.

Bob Bradley’s side made the most of a strong start, with Diego Rossi’s 11th-minute strike from distance enough to earn all three points. The Sounders rallied to try and respond but couldn’t break down a resolute LAFC backline over the remainder of the game.

The expansion franchise have some star-studded names as their disposal but it still takes something special to go into one of the league’s top sides and walk out with a win and a clean sheet. LAFC did that and immediately made a statement to the rest of the league. They’re not just here to make up the numbers.

They pressed high, countered effectively and defended impressively as Seattle were left to rue missed chances and a lack of a cutting edge. It’s the third-straight season in which the Sounders have dropped their season opener.

Check out exclusive photos from Sunday night’s game at CenturyLink Field below, courtesy of MLSGB photographers Denise McCooey and Paul Kahl.

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Should former USA prospect return home?

At the age of twenty-five, Freddy Adu still has at least five years in front of him to prove his quality. He is however, without a club at present, and will need to find one to have any chance of resurrecting his career.

Following the success of the USMNT at the World Cup, there is no better time to be a soccer player in America as the level of the current buzz is unheard of in the USA.

Adding to that, big names such as David Villa and Kaka have recently joined new franchises New York City FC and Orlando City respectively in time for next season, and with the new franchises comes a chance for Adu to restart his career back home.

Currently training with former USMNT manager Bob Bradley in Norway with Stabaek, Adu is clearly trying to get back into the game, with a lot to prove still.

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He has been without a club since his release from Brazilian side Bahia in November 2013.

The attacking-midfielder has been keeping himself fit though, having trained with Blackpool in England as recent as February.

Adu has been known to travel around Europe, having enjoyed spells at Benfica and Monaco, but maybe now it’s time to go home for good and force his way back to the top of American soccer.

The 25-year-old was with Philadelphia Union from 2011 until 2013 and made 35 appearances for the club, scoring seven times and could thrive in his homeland now that the nation has taken to soccer.

USA lacked creativity in Brazil, possibly the only blaring weakness. Could Adu be the answer to their creative problems?

One thing is for certain; Adu’s best hope of revival is MLS.