LAFC was looking at a strong challenge on Sunday against Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders FC. MLS leading scorer Diego Rossi and regular starters Brian Rodriguez, Diego Palacios, and Jose Cifuentes were unavailable due to National Team commitments and injuries still plagued Carlos Vela and Tristan Blackmon, but the Club dug deep and found a way to come away with an important three points.
“So, we've had many nights where after games, we can talk about some of the football,” said LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley. “But tonight, is a night more just about really good mentality and an important, really good team win.”
The Black & Gold’s resiliency showed, never letting up throughout the match, with LAFC matching physicality, making crucial plays on the backline and finishing strong chances to take the match 3-1. Next up, the Club travels to Providence Park to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday night looking to continue their longest winning streak of the 2020 season.
The last time these two sides met was only 21 days ago, a 6-0 LAFC victory that the Whitecaps would like to put in their rearview mirror. Their all-time series also leans in LAFC’s favor, with the Black & Gold owning a 3-1-1 record.
Despite those stats, it would be misguided to discount Vancouver. The Whitecaps served LAFC with their first loss of the season last year, a 1-0 defeat at BC Place on April 17, 2019, and with every point crucial at this stretch in the season, the Club must continue to bring their best to the pitch.
Vancouver FC’s fortunes took quite a turn after the 6-0 loss to LAFC on Sept. 23, losing three straight matches to the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, and San Jose Earthquakes, respectively. However, they turned it around in their last game, defeating Real Salt Lake 2-1 and are now looking to make a playoff push of their own. Vancouver currently sits in 10th place in the Western Conference with a record of 6-11-0 (18 pts).
With the win against Seattle, LAFC is hoping to extend their winning streak to three. The Black & Gold sit in 4th place in the Western Conference with a 7-6-3 record (24 points).