While the MLS season was supposed to kick off with El Trafico, one of the biggest rivalries in the league, the weather had other plans and that match postponed until July. Now, the clubs will meet for the first time this year and they couldn’t be going in more different directions.
Form might not matter in rivalry matches, but Greg Vanney and the Galaxy couldn’t have had a much worse start to the season. Only Sporting Kansas City are below the Galaxy in the Western Conference and the team has only scored three goals this season while on the flip side, LAFC has only allowed three goals while climbing to third in the league.
Add in growing fan frustrations with ownership and it’s clear why LAFC were able to surpass one of MLS’ original Galactico teams. Now, with fans calling for team president Chris Klein to step down, tensions are growing. Klein is already suspended due to the team breaching roster rules and making illegal payments to Christian Pavon, and coupled with the underperformance of the team and Designated Player signings like Douglas Costa and the fines that the club has incurred due to those payments, fans have had enough.
Also, seeing their local rivals win MLS Cup and sign the biggest stars in the world right under their noses can’t help either. LAFC has shown how a soccer team should be run during their time in the league, just making the rivalry even more thrilling.
Here’s our storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
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How to watch and odds
- Date: Sunday, Apr. 16 | Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Dignity Health Sports Park — Carson, California
- TV: FOX | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free) and MLS Season Pass
- Odds: LA Galaxy +205; Draw +250; LAFC +122 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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LA Galaxy: With Javier Hernandez back from injury, the team will be at full strength, but the off pitch issues will only continue to bleed into things until they get a win on the board. Facing their toughest challenge yet of the season, this won’t be the week that things get better for the Galaxy.
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LAFC: No one can stop LAFC from scoring, and taking it a step forward, Denis Bouanga is the most in form player in the league. With 11 goals this season in all competitions, as Carlos Vela ages, LAFC has already found where their goals will come from, which will continue to drive the club forward into the future.
The Galaxy will score a goal but it won’t be enough to stop a relentless LAFC side from picking up all three points in a comprehensive victory. Pick: LA Galaxy 1, LAFC 3