Two months down in the Los Angeles Football Club season, things are looking pretty good. That said, there are a little over four months left in the regular season, so no time to relax. Here’s what’s coming up in May in LAFC’s five-game set:
Saturday, May 4 - vs. Chicago Fire
The next game is a chance at redemption for LAFC, as they host the Fire for the first time at The Banc. Last year, on the road LAFC laid an egg against Chicago, and while it’s a whole new season, one imagines the fans want to turn the page on the shocking loss last year as they face a Chicago team that can be dangerous but remains inconsistent. They’re currently on a 2-4-3 record, 8th in the Eastern Conference, coming off two losses last week. But hey, they were in a similar position last season and they spanked LAFC. Gotta love MLS!
Saturday, May 11 - at Columbus Crew SC
The first trip to the midwest this season comes against the Crew, who were saved in the offseason but lost their coach, Gregg Berhalter, with former Portland Timbers boss Caleb Porter taking over there. They started the season well, with four wins in their first six games, but they are currently on a four-game losing streak. Currently sitting in 5th place in the East, Columbus games have mostly been tense one-goal encounters, and early on they showed real aptitude in scoring from set pieces, so that’s definitely something LAFC will have to watch out for.
Thursday, May 16 - vs. FC Dallas; Sunday, May 19 - at FC Dallas
You thought the Seattle Sounders home-and-away was odd? Look out, because here’s an even weirder wrinkle on that! LAFC have a home-and-away set against FC Dallas, but the two teams will play twice in four days. The first game will be at home at The Banc, so hopefully they can set the tone like they did against the Sounders in the first game. Then, both teams will travel to Texas for the second game, as they’ll either be happy to get those games over with or annoyed that the schedule is like it is.
Aside from all of this, FC Dallas have made major changes in the offseason. Most notably, Oscar Pareja departed in the offseason and Luchi Gonzalez took his spot as head coach. Even with Maxi Urruti taking off for Montreal, Dallas have been doing great. They’re in 4th place, six points behind LAFC right now, and their youth movement continues to produce impressive results. It looks like Paxton Pomykal, their breakout star, won’t be around for these games as he’ll be getting ready for the U-20 World Cup, but Jesus Ferreira has been scoring goals and Edwin Cerrillo came out of nowhere to win a midfield spot. Needless to say, these games will likely be tricky, even if you haven’t heard of most of their players.
Friday, May 29 - vs. Montreal Impact
LAFC wrap up the month with another home clash, the first against the Montreal Impact. Last year, these teams played a super wild game in Montreal, with the Impact shooting out to a big lead early before LAFC came roaring back to win themselves. Honestly, it was one of the most entertaining games of the season.
The aforementioned Maxi Urruti plays for the Impact now, but he hasn’t been super. What’s surprising is that star Ignacio Piatti has been out for weeks with an injury — it’s unclear if he’ll be available at the end of the month for the LAFC game — and yet Montreal have been inconsistent but still playing pretty well on balance. At the moment, they’re in a three-way tie atop the East, and while you never quite know which Impact team will turn up, teams that take them lightly do that at their own peril.
U.S. Open Cup this month?
The Open Cup will kick off in May, however you have to wait another month for the black-and-gold, as LAFC will jump into the fray sometime around June 12. Getting closer!
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