Laba with Unión La Calera in 2019
|Full name||Matías Alejandro Laba|
|Date of birth||11 December 1991|
|Place of birth||Villa Raffo, Argentina|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Unión La Calera|
|2014–2017||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||113||(3)|
|2019–||Unión La Calera||17||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 April 2017
Laba started his professional career playing for Argentinos Juniors in the 2011 Clausura, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 draw with Vélez Sársfield. During his first season with the first team, he played a total 14 league games, plus another 4 in the 2011 Copa Libertadores.
After weeks of speculation, it was officially announced on 26 April 2013 that Laba had signed with Toronto FC as a young designated player, the transfer fee was undisclosed but believed to be in the range of $1.5 million. Laba made his debut for Toronto in a 1–0 away loss to Colorado Rapids on 4 May 2013. Laba scored his first goal with Toronto on 4 August 2013, in the second minute of the match against New England Revolution, the match ended in a 1–0 away victory.
After the signings of Designated Players Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley, and Gilberto, Toronto was above the league limit of three DPs, and were forced to move Laba. On 25 February 2014, Laba was traded by Toronto to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC for future considerations.
Laba scored his first goal for Vancouver in a Voyageurs Cup match vs. FC Edmonton, tucking away the loose ball after a goal mouth scramble. His first MLS goal with Vancouver came against Portland Timbers on 18 July 2015. Collecting the ball from midfield, the defense applied no pressure to Laba, allowing him too fire a shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. He also led MLS in successful tackles in the 2014 season. In April 2017, Laba gave Vancouver Whitecaps a 4–2 victory over LA Galaxy after scoring the last two goals of the match.
- Argentinos Juniors
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC
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