Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California
When: Sunday, October 7, 1:00 PM PT
How to Watch: YouTube TV and KVMD in the LA viewing area, and ESPN+ in the rest of the United States.
LAFC have already clinched the Supporters’ Shield and the top seed in the Western Conference with 69 points. Colorado, meanwhile, sit in 9th in the West with 42 points, three below the currently-playoff-bound FC Dallas in 7th.
This match, although LAFC has its first-round bye booked, has plenty of meaning for both sides. A Colorado win, coupled with an FC Dallas loss, would result in a playoff appearance for the side, as they would then have more wins in the tiebreaker than Dallas. The real juicy stuff, though, is what could happen for LAFC.
LAFC currently have 69 points in MLS. That is tied with Atlanta United for the second-most points in MLS history in a single season, two behind last year’s New York Red Bulls. If LAFC win this game, they would break that record with 72, a remarkable accomplishment for Bob Bradley and his men, in the second year of the club’s history. In addition, Carlos Vela has tied the single-season goal-scoring record set by Josef Martinez of 31. Vela is currently in the running for the Golden Boot, but is trailed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic by just two goals going into Decision Day. Suffice to say, LAFC have plenty to play for in front of their home fans on the last day of the regular season.
Colorado, however, will not be an easy task. The Rapids actually sent LAFC home with their second loss of the season in June, after winning 1-0 in Commerce City. The side which lost nine of its first 12 matches and fired their manager on May 1, has exceeded all expectations for the rest of the year, losing just six games in the remaining 21 matches of the season and putting themselves into a possible playoff spot.
That said, walking into The Banc on Decision Day is nothing to scoff at. LAFC are an intimidating 12-1-3 at home this season in MLS play, and Colorado is 3-9-4 on the road.
Prediction: LAFC 3, Colorado 1. I think LAFC are going to come out hyped out of their minds for this game, and they’ll come out firing. Carlos Vela will break the scoring record and LAFC will break the points record, all in front of the LAFC fans. This is shaping up to be a scene to enjoy.
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