Lionel Messi has been named Time magazine's "Athlete of the Year" for 2023 after a trailblazing season marked by an eighth Ballon d'Or award and his ground-breaking move to Major League Soccer's Inter Miami."Lionel Messi this year managed to do what once seemed impossible, when he signed with Inter Miami: turning the US into a soccer country," Time commented.
The Columbus Crew came back from two goals down to beat top-seeded FC Cincinnati 3-2 after extra-time in a thrilling Major League Soccer Eastern Conference final, booking a place with defending champions Los Angeles FC in the MLS Cup final.It was an enthralling encounter from start to finish with Eastern Conference champions and regular season table toppers Cincinnati striking first.
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Los Angeles FC's French forward Denis Bouanga can add another milestone to his short but impactful career in Major League Soccer when his team take on Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference final on Saturday.Bouanga, a late developer, had a strong final season in Ligue 1, scoring nine goals and providing six assists for "Sainte" and some eyebrows were raised when he decided to continue his career Stateside.