Throughout the year, we have seen LAFC start slow and go full-blown Western Conference powerhouse.
They are currently sitting in first, even with having missed two games. They also have had to balance US Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League.
LAFC Thriving in 2023
It is a testament to the players and coaching staff for always keeping them ready for any moment. Credit is also due to the scouting department and executives who bring in quality players for the club. With this being said, it is no doubt why LAFC has been such a successful club this year.
Now you compare their rivals, the LA Galaxy, and they’ve had a terrible season. They are sitting in last place with only 9 points. In comparison, LAFC has 25 points and a 16-point difference! Showing the opposite trajectories these clubs are in.
Carson Has Its Issue
The LA Galaxy was the gold standard. While they are the winningest club with 5 MLS Cups, times have been rough. They last tasted success in 2014 and have been struggling ever since. Even their fans have had enough, and throughout the 2023 season, many of their supporter groups have turned their backs on them. Which is a shame because they were a critical piece of what MLS is today.
Another issue they are facing is on the field. The team has brought in high-caliber names, but they have yet to mesh well with each other. Head coach Greg Vanney hasn’t been able to get much from his club. They also have done a lousy job regarding scouting and infrastructure. Chris Klein, their president, has become public enemy number one in Carson.
With the Galaxy’s current downfall, it goes to show just how different realities the two Los Angeles teams are currently living.