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Black & Gold View: LAFC win is great, but not so fast

Let’s put things into perspective here.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Okay, I may not draw a lot of fans with this, but I think it has to be said.

Los Angeles Football Club’s 5-0 demolition of the San Jose Earthquakes is a great win, but I think we need to have a little perspective here.

Yes, Carlos Vela notched his first hat trick in the Black-and-Gold. Yes, the defense pitched its first clean sheet of the season. Yes, the win vaulted LAFC to the top of the Western Conference.

But, let’s keep in perspective that San Jose is nothing short of awful.

And, it showed Saturday afternoon.

A defense that is worst in Major League Soccer with a -12 goal differential. An offense that has managed two goals in four matches – yes, that’s two goals in four.

Also, LAFC has a cushion in the Western Conference, but Seattle Sounders have one match in hand … as does Sporting Kansas City (who completely tore apart Montreal Impact, 7-1).

Of course we should celebrate the win, but let’s make sure we aren’t getting too carried away with it as there is still a lot of season left to play.

Here’s some other notes from around the league:

It’s going to be a wild West … The Western Conference, at least early in the season, promises to be a wild race this season.

With Seattle, Kansas City, Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas all showing signs of being competitive this season. Of course, Minnesota United FC and the LA Galaxy should also show strong signs of life as the season progresses.

MLS: FC Cincinnati at New England Revolution Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Chili … While the actual chili may leave a little to be desired, FC Cincinnati has gotten itself off to a strong start this season.

The expansion club is third in the Eastern Conference after collecting back-to-back wins against Portland Timbers and the New England Revolution – a match that put New England coach Brad Friedel on somewhat of a hot seat early in the season.

They don’t have the most prolific offense and its defense can be a little sketchy at times, but for an expansion club, they aren’t faring too badly early.

MLS: FC Cincinnati at Atlanta United FC Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The curse of De Boer … It has been quite the reversal of fortunes for Atlanta United FC after naming Frank de Boer has its head coach.

The Five Stripes are last in the East, a point back of New York City FC, but with a match in hand.

Trust me, as an Inter Milan supporter, I know all too well what the curse of De Boer can do to a team and it looks like, at least early in the season, Atlanta fans do too.

Vela on fire … His hat trick against lowly San Jose has put the LAFC striker in the early running for most valuable player in MLS.

And why not?

His hat trick propelled him to the top of the scoring table in the league. His 19 shots in four matches is also second in the league – seven of those being on goal (a league high).

But, like I said, it is still very early in the season.

MLS: FC Cincinnati at New England Revolution Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The early hot seat … Besides Friedel, there are several head coaches that might start to feel a little fire on their backsides early in the season.

There’s the aforementioned De Boer in Atlanta and Matias Almeyda in San Jose – good Lord were they tough to watch on Saturday or what?

Another coach feeling a little heat is NYCFC head coach Domenec Torrent.

NYCFC has a -4 goal differential and sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Not a place upper management expected this team to be early in the season.


M.A. Clark writes the Black & Gold View for angelsonparade.com. If you have a question or topic you want addressed, be sure to leave a comment below!