LAFC is in second place, but with 14 games left they have to play great football to stay near the top
After the All-Star Game the Los Angeles Football Club finds itself in second place behind FC Dallas. Six points separate the two teams and in their two matches this season Dallas is one point ahead of LAFC; their first game, at Banc of California Stadium, resulted in a draw and the second in Toyota Stadium was a win for Dallas.
Close behind LAFC is LA Galaxy. Their All-Star forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, pulled out of the All-Star Game after scoring a hat trick in a 24-minute span against Orlando City. He said he was tired and was looking at the big picture. There are still a lot of matches left in this season and he wants to be ready for all of them — nearly all. He is barred from playing their next match for pulling out of the ASG.
Carlos Vela was there in Atlanta to play Juventus. The MLS squad fell to the Italian squad, 5-3 in penalty kicks, but Vela is fired up after his time with the All-Stars.
LAFC’s next match will be on the road against the New York Red Bulls. The Eastern Conference is so strong. Even with 41 points the Red Bulls are in third place behind Atlanta United and New York City. FC Atlanta is the best team in the league, with the top scorer, Josef Martinez.
On their plate though are the Red Bulls and Bradley Wright-Phillips. With 17 goals this season, Wright-Phillips has proven he is an elite player in this league.
After the Red Bulls LAFC moves on to Houston to play the Dynamo and then it’s back to Banc of California Stadium for Sporting Kansas City. Los Angeles is just three points ahead of KC in the conference. The right set of results between today and August 11 when KC hits the BoC pitch could flip the Western Conference standings for these two teams.
Sunday night in New York City against the Red Bulls and then Wednesday (Aug. 8) in Houston against the Dynamo.
LAFC has seven home games left this season, 14 overall. There’s a lot of football to be played before anyone can get into a playoff game.
Photos by Claudia Gestro
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