It’s time for another edition of MLS fiercest rivalry, LAFC takes on their crosstown rivals the LA Galaxy.
Both teams come into the game with wins on the road but this is the game that has been circled on the calendar since the schedule came out. Both teams missed the MLS playoffs last year and will run over each other to gain success
LAFC sit atop the Western Conference with 13 points and they have remained unbeaten so far. Not only are they first in the west, but are joint-top the supporter’s shield race with the Philadelphia Union. The Galaxy are in third place in the West with two losses and will look to play spoiler against their bitter rivals.
Despite LAFC having a losing record against the LA Galaxy (3-5-5), the series has been very even (29 goals for and 29 goals against). LAFC is looking to get back in the win columns against the Galaxy having lost one and drawing two in 2021. Like always expect a fierce match between the two rivals on Saturday.
LAFC has never defeated the LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park, the venue of Saturday’s game. The Galaxy are 4-2-0 against LAFC at home with their last game ending with a 1-1 draw. If LAFC is going to re-assert themselves early in the season, they will have to break their losing streak away from home.
Vela vs. Chicharito
Soccer is a team sport but stars shine and in the Los Angeles soccer landscape the two stars are Carlos Vela and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Both have dealt with injuries in the past few years blunting an otherwise heated rivalry, but this year both have scored often and early netting four goals in five games.
The former Mexican international teammates will tell you it’s not about them but their teams will only go as far as their star players will.
As fierce as the team rivalry can be on the pitch, problems between supporters off the pitch have marred past editions of the match. Security measures have been implemented by both teams to prevent further incidents during this next installment of the LA Derby.
The teams put out a joint message stating:
“We ask fans of both Clubs to set an example, respect each other and find common ground as passionate fans of the sport. Violence or any harassment among fans is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Let’s honor the game and continue to build this rivalry together.”
Kick-off is set for 4:55 p.m Pacific Time.