From Sunday’s home match against Real Salt Lake to a decision day finale in Colorado on November 7, Los Angeles Football Club has no margin for error in its 12 remaining regular season dates.
Last weekend’s spectacular 4-0 win at home against Sporting Kansas City earned LAFC its first point in a month and ended a franchise-worst winless streak that saw Bob Bradley’s group move from the playoff pack to the Western Moved to the underside of the conference table.
Injuries, lost points and low goal scoring are all colored in the story of the most tense season in LAFC’s four-year history, which is why the club and its supporters will need to follow the rest of the way.
“Every game out here is big,” Bradley said on Friday.
Certainly when LAFC (7-9-6, 27 points) faces contenders for a post-final conference spot, currently occupied by Sunday’s seventh-place visitor.
“When people of course talk about six-point games, they mean games against teams in your conference, where you’re closer in the standings and that’s not only fighting for three points, but It also makes sure the other team doesn’t take three points,” Bradley said. “We’ll have those numbers of games and RSL fits directly into that zone.”
In the 56 days after their last clash, RSL head coach Freddy Juárez left for Seattle as an assistant and Pablo Mastroni stepped into the role.
Salt Lake (8-8-6, 30 points) defeated FC Dallas 3-2 in their last match to end a two-game skid. Jonathan Menendez scored his first career goal in MLS, and included his fourth assist in his ninth appearance.
LAFC lead 7-1 in league play against RSL, winning their last three encounters, including a pair of victories this July that booked the Black and Gold’s best stretch of the season – nine. nine points out of
Although three points from LAFC’s next eight matches notably coincided with Eddie Segura’s knee injury, which led to a cliffhanger to the finish line that may have required his replacement, 18-year-old Mamadu Fall, To be a regular difference maker.
Fall scored twice in LAFC defeating SKC last weekend, earning his second MLS Team of the Week spot in four starts.
“The fall has done really well,” said forward Danny Musowski, who earned his second assist of the year last week. “He’s just a young hungry kid who wants to succeed, and you can see it on the field. So he’s going through guys to score goals with his head. He’s fearless. I think in the team We all obviously respect that.”
Senegal’s central defender was so excited after the win that Ghana’s ever-smiling Latif Blessing even advised his locker room neighbor to turn it down.
“Kids, when they play well, are very excited,” Blessing said after taking a more assertive role with the team, while the international window lined up with the departure of Diego Rossi and the long absence of Carlos Vela. “Everyone listened to me and we got three points.”
South Korean defender Kim Moon-hwan returned to LA after qualifying for the World Cup and trained with the club on Thursday and Friday at the Performance Center. He is available for selection. Meanwhile, Uruguay forward Brian Rodriguez is not expected to play alongside Ecuadorian defender Diego Palacios and midfielder Jose Cifuentes.
Los Angeles Football Club vs Real Salt Lake
To start: 7:30 p.m. PT; Bank of California Stadium
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