LAFC Set Inaugural Points Record with 2-2 Draw

While LAFC were unable to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps, drawing 2-2, they were able to break a long-standing MLS record.

Los Angeles FC broke the record for gaining the most points in an inaugural season, which was set Bob Bradley’s 1998 Chicago Fire team.

There is still an outside chance that LAFC could finished the season at the top of the Western Conference standings.

“There’s everything to play for in the last week of the season,” Bradley said.

Should LAFC defeat Sporting Kansas City next weekend, they will clinch the top seed in the West.

LAFC’s head coach made zero changes to his starting lineup for the third consecutive week. While Bradley used heavy rotation earlier in the season, he’s hoping for more continuity as the playoffs draw near.

Rossi starts hot

The home side wasted no time scoring, as they found the back of the net in the fifth minute. Carlos Vela received a pass at the edge of the box and sent a diagonal ball back into the area. There, he sent the ball back towards Diego Rossi, who found the back of the net with a tidy finish.

LAFC scored for a second time 11 minutes later after Rossi netted his brace early in the contest. Once again, Vela created space by sending Aaron Kovar a diagonal ball into open space. Kovar continued the play when he hit a square pass back through the box. The 20-year-old Rossi hit a one-time shot that bounced off Stefan Marinovic and over the goal line.

“We tried to get the third one … We had many chances and have to be better there,” Rossi told media afterwards.

The speedy winger continued to terrorize Vancouver’s defense during the opening half of play. Rossi got in a bit of open space and skimmed his attempt off the top of the Whitecaps’ crossbar.

Then, Vancouver fought their way back into this match. Future Bayern Munich younger Alphonso Davies ran past two defenders before winning a penalty in the 21st minute. Yordy Reyna stepped up to the spot from 12 yards out and sent Tyler Miller the wrong way.

Not long after the converted penalty kick, Reyna came within inches of leveling the match after curling his effort just wide of the far post.

Vancouver’s second goal of the afternoon did came five minutes after the hour mark. Davies once again danced his way through the LAFC defense. At one point, he lost possession before winning it back, passed the ball to Erik Hurtado, who laid it off for Jordon Mutch. From there, Mutch took a couple of steps before lacing a long distance effort past Miller to level things at two.  

Next Game

LAFC finish off the regular season with a pivotal match-up on the road against Sporting Kansas City. With playoff implications still on the line, expect Bradley to field a fairly strong lineup at Children’s Mercy Park. Kick off is scheduled for 1:30 PM.

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