Staying Ready
LAFC players on life without soccer

Staying Ready
LAFC players on life without soccer

Staying Ready
LAFC players on life without soccer

The power of music keeps LAFC focused

After a record-breaking, 72-point season where they fell just short of the championship, the Los Angeles Football Club was approaching the 2020 season with a renewed sense of focus. Following an incredible comeback win in international play, and a strong start to the season, it was all eyes on the prize for the defending Supporters' Shield holders.

The power of music keeps LAFC focused

After a record-breaking, 72-point season where they fell just short of the championship, the Los Angeles Football Club was approaching the 2020 season with a renewed sense of focus. Following an incredible comeback win in international play, and a strong start to the season, it was all eyes on the prize for the defending Supporters' Shield holders.

The power of music keeps LAFC focused

After a record-breaking, 72-point season where they fell just short of the championship, the Los Angeles Football Club was approaching the 2020 season with a renewed sense of focus. Following an incredible comeback win in international play, and a strong start to the season, it was all eyes on the prize for the defending Supporters' Shield holders.

Mark-Anthony Kaye

“We were feeling pretty good,” says LAFC Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye. “Everyone was just so excited to be back at it."

And then the world hit pause, a pandemic swept the nation, and all talks about soccer matches and championships came to a screeching halt.

“I just didn’t want to really think about that and focused on what I can do to stay prepared and provide for my family,” Defender Jordan Harvey says.

It’s been two months since the doors closed on Banc of California Stadium. LAFC players are adapting to this new normal, doing what they can to keep their bodies soccer-ready. Each player is responsible for following an individualized workout program issued by trainers, largely consisting of sprints, strength and conditioning work. But the players also go beyond the team-issued regimen.

“We were feeling pretty good,” says LAFC Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye. “Everyone was just so excited to be back at it."

And then the world hit pause, a pandemic swept the nation, and all talks about soccer matches and championships came to a screeching halt.

“I just didn’t want to really think about that and focused on what I can do to stay prepared and provide for my family,” Defender Jordan Harvey says.

It’s been two months since the doors closed on Banc of California Stadium. LAFC players are adapting to this new normal, doing what they can to keep their bodies soccer-ready. Each player is responsible for following an individualized workout program issued by trainers, largely consisting of sprints, strength and conditioning work. But the players also go beyond the team-issued regimen.

“We were feeling pretty good,” says LAFC Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye. “Everyone was just so excited to be back at it."

And then the world hit pause, a pandemic swept the nation, and all talks about soccer matches and championships came to a screeching halt.

“I just didn’t want to really think about that and focused on what I can do to stay prepared and provide for my family,” Defender Jordan Harvey says.

It’s been two months since the doors closed on Banc of California Stadium. LAFC players are adapting to this new normal, doing what they can to keep their bodies soccer-ready. Each player is responsible for following an individualized workout program issued by trainers, largely consisting of sprints, strength and conditioning work. But the players also go beyond the team-issued regimen.

Jordan Harvey

Managing time as an athlete in quarantine means keeping yourself in shape, but it also means filling a seemingly endless amount of free time. For LAFC, music has been a huge part of that.

“Music is like everything in life,” Mark-Anthony says. “In a time where you’re isolated, you have more time to just sit on your own and listen to some songs.”

Managing time as an athlete in quarantine means keeping yourself in shape, but it also means filling a seemingly endless amount of free time. For LAFC, music has been a huge part of that.

“Music is like everything in life,” Mark-Anthony says. “In a time where you’re isolated, you have more time to just sit on your own and listen to some songs.”

Managing time as an athlete in quarantine means keeping yourself in shape, but it also means filling a seemingly endless amount of free time. For LAFC, music has been a huge part of that.

“Music is like everything in life,” Mark-Anthony says. “In a time where you’re isolated, you have more time to just sit on your own and listen to some songs.”

That first game, whether it be this year, next year, is going to be something special.

Jordan Harvey

That first game, whether it be this year, next year, is going to be something special.

Jordan Harvey

That first game, whether it be this year, next year, is going to be something special.

Jordan Harvey

Jordan knows this better than anyone. A budding guitarist married to a famous singer, his time off is filled with improvised jam sessions and even a podcast called “Shootin’ The Shot” where each interview ends with a celebrity singalong.

“Sometimes, especially now in quarantine, you kind of go nuts,” he says. “But being able to pick up the guitar and play it ... it instantly relaxes you.”

Jordan knows this better than anyone. A budding guitarist married to a famous singer, his time off is filled with improvised jam sessions and even a podcast called “Shootin’ The Shot” where each interview ends with a celebrity singalong.

“Sometimes, especially now in quarantine, you kind of go nuts,” he says. “But being able to pick up the guitar and play it ... it instantly relaxes you.”

Jordan knows this better than anyone. A budding guitarist married to a famous singer, his time off is filled with improvised jam sessions and even a podcast called “Shootin’ The Shot” where each interview ends with a celebrity singalong.

“Sometimes, especially now in quarantine, you kind of go nuts,” he says. “But being able to pick up the guitar and play it ... it instantly relaxes you.”

Tristan Blackmon

LAFC Defender Tristan Blackmon says the quarantine has been a way to expand his horizons, dabbling into his own music ventures and a fashion label with a group of friends. But it’s also a moment to be more appreciative.

“The relationships that we have with the people that we work with — the teammates that we have — we shouldn’t take those things for granted,” he says.

LAFC can’t wait to run through that tunnel again. To hear the banging drums and raucous cheers of the best fans in the league. To feel the rush of sending the ball to the back of the net. To get back on the road to the championship. Though they've recently returned to the practice field, it will be some time before that journey continues.

“That first game, whether it be this year, next year, is going to be something special,” Jordan says.

LAFC Defender Tristan Blackmon says the quarantine has been a way to expand his horizons, dabbling into his own music ventures and a fashion label with a group of friends. But it’s also a moment to be more appreciative.

“The relationships that we have with the people that we work with — the teammates that we have — we shouldn’t take those things for granted,” he says.

LAFC can’t wait to run through that tunnel again. To hear the banging drums and raucous cheers of the best fans in the league. To feel the rush of sending the ball to the back of the net. To get back on the road to the championship. Though they've recently returned to the practice field, it will be some time before that journey continues.

“That first game, whether it be this year, next year, is going to be something special,” Jordan says.

LAFC Defender Tristan Blackmon says the quarantine has been a way to expand his horizons, dabbling into his own music ventures and a fashion label with a group of friends. But it’s also a moment to be more appreciative.

“The relationships that we have with the people that we work with — the teammates that we have — we shouldn’t take those things for granted,” he says.

LAFC can’t wait to run through that tunnel again. To hear the banging drums and raucous cheers of the best fans in the league. To feel the rush of sending the ball to the back of the net. To get back on the road to the championship. Though they've recently returned to the practice field, it will be some time before that journey continues.

“That first game, whether it be this year, next year, is going to be something special,” Jordan says.