After trailing 1-0 against Liga MX giants Cruz Azul CD, LAFC rallied a comeback that set them onto the semifinals of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
There, the Black & Gold will face another Liga MX giants Club America who eliminated Atlanta United by an aggregate score of 3-1.
Saturday, LAFC will play its biggest, most important game in its young history.
We have to recognize that LAFC looked much better than what they had shown vs the Seattle Sounders a few weeks ago in MLS Cup. That may be to the fact that for the first in a long time, the team was fully fit and all the important players were available. The team showed great football, high pressure, winning the ball on the attacking third, good and past passing in the midfield, and were solid defensively, which is something LAFC hadn’t shown all year long. But now, they’ll be facing one of the continent’s best.
Everyone in CONCACAF who watches soccer knows who Club America is. Not only do they have the most league titles, but they also got the most CONCACAF Champions Leagues. The last time Club America won the tournament was back in 2016 when they won it for the second time in a row. This tournament is Club America’s last chance to win some silverware in 2020 after they crashed out of the Liga MX quarterfinals against their archrivals C.D Chivas.
LAFC on the other hand has nothing to lose and everything to win. The Black & Gold are the only MLS team remaining in the competition and will have that pressure on them to continue representing the MLS. But if LAFC manages to continue the rhythm and level of play they showed on Wednesday night, they can certainly win this match. After the game against Cruz Azul CD, LAFC forward Diego Rossi mentioned how they feel they can compete against anyone.
LAFC winning the tournament would make them the first MLS club to win the CONCACAF Champions League in its champions era and the first MLS club to win the competition since the LA Galaxy back in 2000.
The Black and Gold are one game away from being in their first major final as a club and what better stage than the CONCACAF Champions League.
The game against Club America will be on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT.
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