Los Angeles Football Club’s history on the field is only three seasons, but on Wednesday they kicked off a bonafide streak.
The club’s 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo, coupled with results elsewhere, officially clinched their berth for the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs.
The team booked their ticket with two games scheduled to spare, a third game they were supposed to play against the Colorado Rapids likely not to be made up.
LAFC have reached the playoffs in each of their three seasons so far, something that wasn’t entirely assured about a month ago with the club struggling to get points. But they have regrouped and the rest of the Western Conference has faltered as well, so it has turned out ok and the minimum expectation has been reached.
Now, LAFC can play for their seeding. They are four points behind the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders and five points behind Sporting Kansas City, so they could still overtake those teams but they’ll need to get two wins and some help from those teams. More importantly, LAFC sit one point ahead of Minnesota United and three ahead of FC Dallas, with Minnesota ahead of them on points per game and therefore quite possibly able to overtake LAFC if they maintain that edge if ppg is the determining factor for the playoffs this year.
With the playoffs single-elimination format again this year, LAFC will want to hold onto a spot in the top four to maximize their chances of advancing, so there’s work to do to hold off those teams.
But hey, playoffs are done, now the hard work really begins.
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