LAFC finished at the summit of the Western Conference standings, having collected 67 points from 34 games, while the visitors managed to secure a fourth-place finish, with 50 points to their name.
Los Angeles FC will host rivals Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer Cup Conference semi-final at the Banc of California Stadium on Thursday. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Nashville on October 9, while La Galaxy got the better of the same opponents with a similar scoreline, six days later. LAFC finished at the summit of the Western Conference standings, having collected 67 points from 34 games, while the visitors managed to secure a fourth-place finish, with 50 points to their name.
— LAFC (@LAFC) October 20, 2022
LAFC had an impressive league campaign, recording a whopping 21 wins and two draws to secure top spot in the table, with a eleven point lead over the second-placed club Austin. After qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since the 2020 season, the Black and Gold are aiming to win their first MLS Cup. Their 1-0 defeat to Nashville on Decision Day ended a run of nine consecutive domestic wins at the home turf. Teal Bunbury’s 53rd-minute strike separated the two sides at Banc of California stadium.
La Galaxy, on the other hand, booked their place in the next round of playoffs thanks to a narrow win over Nashville. Julian Araujo’s 60th-minute goal was enough to help the Galaxy secure the win. The Galaxy have won 27 of their 31 home fixtures in the MLS Cup playoffs, but it has been a different story on the road, where they have not won a postseason affair since defeating San Jose Earthquakes in 2012. Meanwhile, Galaxy finished the league campaign with 14 victories and eight draws.
Cristian Arango, who has netted 16 goals in theregular season, is likely to lead the line with Carlos Vela and Bouanga in support. Jesus Mourillo could replace Georgio Chiellini in the central defence alongside Segura. As for La Galaxy, former Manchester United-man Chicharito is expected to spearhead the attack with Cabral and Grandsir in support.
Los Angeles FC probable starting lineup: Crepeau, Hollingshead, Segura, Murillo, Palacios, Cifuentes, Sanchez, Acosta, Vela, Arango, Bouanga
Los Angeles Galaxy probable starting lineup: Bond, Araujo, Coulibaly, Caceres, Edwards, Delgado, Brugman, Puig, Cabral, Chicharito, Grandsir
Los Angeles FC
|Portland Timbers||1-2 (W)|
|Houston Dynamo||3-1 (W)|
|Minnesota United||1-1 (D)|
|Dallas Burn||2-1 (L)|
Los Angeles Galaxy
|Houston Dynamo||1-3 (W)|
|Real Salt Lake||1-1 (D)|
|San Jose||2-3 (W)|
|Colorado Rapids||4-1 (W)|
|Last 5 match results|
|LAFC 3-2 LA Galaxy|
|LA Galaxy 3-1 LAFC|
|LA Galaxy 2-1 LAFC|
|LAFC 3-3 LA Galaxy|
|LA Galaxy 2-1 LAFC|
The MLS match between Los Angeles FC and Los Angeles Galaxy will take place at Banc of California Stadium on Friday at 7:30 am IST.
For the football fans in the USA, the live coverage of the match will be available on Fox Sports network..