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LAFC’s Odd Journey to Clinch MLS Cup Playoffs Spot

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We take a look at LAFC’s journey to yet another year of playoff football.

LAFC kicked off the 2020 season back in March with a 1-0 win over Inter Miami CF and a 3-3 draw against Philadelphia Union. Everything seemed like the Black and Gold would continue their dominance across the league, but then the pandemic happened.

After four months of inactivity, the team was back on the field in the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando where they looked really good for the majority of the tournament.

This is where Bob Bradley’s team had some of its best games of the year, including a 6-2 win over the LA Galaxy in the group stage and a dominant 4-1 win against the Seattle Sounders in the round of 16.

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A team led by Diego Rossi who ended as the top scorer of the tournament. We also saw Bradley Wright-Phillips’ “rebirth” as a player, bringing experience and a fresh feeling into the attack. Unfortunately, LAFC was unable to get past Orlando in the quarterfinals and their run in the tournament ended earlier than expected.

A few weeks later and the regular MLS season was back. LAFC’s 2-0 loss against the LA Galaxy was a sign of the difficult times to come for the Black and Gold. For the next 10 games, Bradley was unable to count with a full squad due to players’ injuries, including Carlos Vela, Eduard Atuesta, and Mark-Anthony Kaye most recently, something that impacted the team considerably. Out of those 10 games, LAFC only managed to win five, leaving many doubts especially on the defensive end.

But there were a few positive things during these tough times…

We got to see the talent and future our club has in Homegrown players like Christian Torres and Erick Dueñas who showed a lot of promise whenever they were on the field. Players like Danny Musovski and Jose Cifuentes really took a step forward and showed they are players the team can really count on.

Now in October, LAFC has done much better. The team has only registered one loss this month and has recovered captain Carlos Vela. With two games remaining, against San Jose and Portland, the Black and Gold will look to finish the best possible way before the playoffs.

If the team can continue improving and get on a hot streak, then Bradley’s team can have a real good chance at the title.

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