Both LA MLS Clubs Look for Back-to-Back Wins to Start Season

Written by Ignacio Cervantes, Sports Editor

This weekend, our Los Angeles-based Major League Soccer sides look to build off Week 1 wins to remain undefeated.

Los Angeles Football Club

First, LAFC travel to Sandy, Utah on Saturday as Real Salt Lake try to spoil Bob Bradley’s men’s bright start to life in the MLS. LAFC and RSL kickoff at 12:30 p.m. with the former coming into Rio Tinto Stadium with confidence after defeating last season’s runner’s up Seattle Sounders 1-0 last week.

Forward Diego Rossi and playmaker Carlos Vela seem to have formed a delightful partnership in their first professional game as teammates after their 1-2 combination for Rossi’s game winner showed the capabilities Bob Bradley’s attack possess.

Defender and captain Laurent Ciman’s leadership and will to defend in crucial situations also revealed that the Black and Gold do have a sense of assurance at the back as well. The big Belgian international was without his likeliest of center-back pairings for the first game, defender Walker Zimmerman, yet the squad’s competence did not miss a beat with Canadian defender Dejan Jakovic filling in for the American international.

RSL controlled a 1-0 lead for most of their game against FC Dallas last week but the Texan club earned a draw after Marcelo Silva’s late own goal cost the Clarets a victory.

Los Angeles Galaxy

Five-time MLS Cup champions Galaxy opened up the season with a 2-1 home victory over Portland which attackers Emmanuel Boateng, Ola Kamara, and Giovani dos Santos all flourished. Up next is a west vs. east meeting against fellow MLS Cup challenger New York City FC at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

During an impressive 2-0 win at Sporting KC to open the season, NYCFC’s passing, movement, and precision were at mid-season form from the start.

Both managers will be without key players for this matchup as Galaxy winger Romain Alessandrini came off injured 60 minutes into the season opener last week and NYCFC’s center back Maxime Chanot’s straight red card received against Sporting deemed a three-game suspension.

Chanot’s absence will have striker Kamara smelling blood early as the Galaxy’s new transfer will look to add to his goal-scoring account with the LA club.