Friday, December 09, 2022

LAFC and Union; Best Competition MLS Finals

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – The MLS playoff system rarely rewards the best teams in the regular season with a title celebration, something that would be the norm in most soccer leagues around the world.

This season, the winner of this Saturday’s MLS Finals will have more solid champion credentials.

Los Angeles FC and Philadelphia Union were the best teams in their respective conferences in the regular season. He ended it with a similar crop of points.

They have survived the playoffs to contest what would be their first MLS title in a rare event where the best meets the best.

“I think these are the two teams that deserve to be here, the best of two regular seasons,” said Philadelphia Colombian-American captain Alejandro Bedoya.

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For the first time in 19 years, two leaders from the MLS Conference will advance to the finals. They will meet at Bank of California Stadium in front of fans who will loudly support LAFC.

The Los Angeles team is looking to crown half a decade of success since moving to MLS in 2018.

“I said from day one, this club is special,” said LAFC Mexican captain Carlos Vela. “This is a great opportunity for us, for me, to do something good for them, to give something back to the fans, to the club, to the families, to everyone involved in this club. We have to enjoy it and give our all, because it is the most important game for this club.”

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LAFC would strive to be the second team in the past 11 years to win the Supporters’ Shield – the best team trophy of the regular season – and the MLS Championship. Of the top 26 regular season champions in MLS, only seven have also won the finals.

Philadelphia and LAFC were the top two scoring teams in the league this season. They led their respective conferences and finished with 67 points each.

LAFC won the Supporters’ Shield as they had more wins, but Philadelphia had a better goal margin.

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