Ciman Exits LAFC but Stays in Our Hearts

With only eight games remaining in the regular season, LAFC have sold their captain Laurent Ciman to Ligue 1 side Dijon for a fee of $500,000. The French club will sign him on a two-year deal with the option of a third. The timing of the transfer is strange, considering that LAFC are on the verge of making the playoffs in their inaugural season. However, we as fans do not always know the reasoning behind moves like these where a team loses a symbolic part of their success.

Le General is gone. The general, the commander of our army and the leader of the team is gone. You may ask yourself, why did he leave? Here is why:

Laurent Ciman was traded to LAFC before the 2018 MLS season from Montreal Impact with his contract expiring at the end of this season. Ciman wanted a contract-extension with LAFC but the club and player never came to an agreement. Cimanasked for a multi-year deal but the club was only offering him a one-year contract extension based on his age and performance on the field.

In addition, we as fans only know Laurent Ciman, the soccer player. However, he is also a father and husband like some of us, which means he will sometimes have to choose what is best for his family. With his wife wanting to be closer to home in Belgium and Ciman wanting the best medical treatment for his daughter (autism), a move to France was the best thing for the Ciman family.

The departure also allows Ciman to continue to play at a high level in Ligue 1, a Top 5 league in Europe with teams like PSG, Monaco and Marseille. At the end of the day, the deal benefits all parties involved except one, the fans.

The fans are always the ones that suffer when players leave their beloved club. Ciman had a connection with the fans like no other and left a whole in our hearts that will be hard to fill. However, Ciman gave us his best and created unforgettable memories for the team in its inaugural season, the home opener in particular.

Laurent Ciman was the first captain in club history, the first defender to score for the club and the first player to score a goal at Banc of California Stadium. He was also the first MLS-All Star for LAFC along with Carlos Vela. Ciman played a total of 22 games for the club, scored 3 goals (all direct free-kicks) and led his team to third place in the Western Conference. LAFC never lost a home game when Ciman was on the field and always won the games in which he scored in.

The team will miss his leadership, his direct-free kicks, his ability to intercept passes, his concentration on the field, his accurate long passing and ground passing. LAFC created an identity to play out of the back thanks to Ciman. Now that he is gone, we thank him for everything and wish him the best in his future endeavors. He will never be forgotten and always be remembered as one of our own. Sha-la-la-la-la-la-laaaaaaLaurent Ciman!

-Benjamin Virgen

August 30, 2018

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