The team is in a good place right now, especially considering they’re an expansion team: 2nd place in the Western Conference, and in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
There’s three more months of the MLS regular season ahead, up to two more U.S. Open Cup games to come, and as long as they stay in the playoff places, the MLS Cup Playoffs on tap.
All that said, August is going to be a pretty busy month for LAFC. Let’s take a look at what’s to come:
- Aug. 5: At New York Red Bulls - A headline clash against a new opponent. The Red Bulls are still in the running for the Supporters’ Shield, and while Jesse Marsch is no longer in charge to really ratchet up the tension between the teams, expect this to be a battle on both sides. Plus, these teams play some pretty radical styles, and it’s the kind of game that will pull in neutrals. If LAFC were to grab a win here, it could really set the tone for the busy stretch ahead.
- Aug. 8: At Houston Dynamo (U.S. Open Cup) - This is the biggest game of the month, hands down. LAFC are two wins away from raising a major trophy, so this is literally a must-win game, in the USOC semifinal. Given how Bob Bradley has treated this Cup run to date, there’s no doubt he’ll be putting out a strong lineup and taking it seriously, but this is the biggest game in LAFC’s young history (to date).
- Aug. 11: vs. Sporting Kansas City - Another vital game for LAFC, they’ll be facing the tricky Sporting for the first time. Peter Vermes’ team has been on an annual summer swoon after reaching the top of the standings a couple months ago, but don’t let that fool you: These guys are always tough to play. Throw in the connections, with Benny Feilhaber and Latif Blessing welcoming their former team to The Banc, and rest assured, even on short rest, this game is going to be intense.
- Aug. 15: vs. Real Salt Lake - The second meeting between the teams, after LAFC’s offensive explosion in Utah back in March. While RSL have their moments and sometimes put together very good performances, they are one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. You never quite know what you’ll get with this group, and with LAFC in yet another midweek game, we’ll see how they cope with the fixture congestion.
- Aug. 19: vs. Colorado Rapids - This will be LAFC’s first meeting against the Rapids, who as of today have only won once on the road this year. Truthfully, the Rapids have been one of the worst teams in MLS this year, but they seem to be making some tweaks to their roster, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they hit a bit of rhythm late in the season. Whether that will come in time for this game, we will see, but again, LAFC will have played five games in 11 days, so we’ll see how they’re doing at this point.
- Aug. 24: At LA Galaxy - Capping off the month, for the second month in a row, is an El Trafico meeting, the third and final of the year (unless they end up meeting in the playoffs). Probably don’t need to go into much detail about how big of a match this will be.
Six games, two competitions. LAFC can’t win any silverware in the month of August, but if they beat the Dynamo in the Open Cup, they’ll be in the final, taking place in September, and a good month here should all but confirm their spot in the playoffs come season’s end. The fixture congestion is bound to be a talking point this month, but we’ll see if LAFC can weather the games coming in a hurry or if it will represent a new challenge for the team.
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