MLS officially officially announced two significant items of news that relate to Los Angeles Football Club on Thursday. First, LAFC won’t play all 23 scheduled games this season, because the league confirmed their postponed game against the Colorado Rapids will not take place. That’s because the Rapids have five games total to make up due to a monthlong coronavirus outbreak at the club recently, and with the regular season definitively ending Nov. 8, there’s no time to make them up.
We expected that would happen, and the other piece of news was expected, that points per game will determine the standings, including the playoff placements and seeding among playoff teams, in 2020, as a result of the Rapids postponed games and another game, between Minnesota United and FC Dallas, also postponed this season because of coronavirus positive tests.
LAFC have already clinched their playoff spot, which is the good news because it’s going to be a very mad dash until the finish for teams that haven’t yet clinched. But points per game will impact LAFC’s seeding, with Minnesota moving ahead of them into 4th place after the news dropped.
Right now, LAFC are on 1.55 points per game. If they win their next two games, against the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers over the next two Sundays, they’ll max out at 1.68 ppg, and if they lose both, they would bottom out at 1.41 ppg. Again, they’re still in the playoffs regardless, but if they finish in the top four, they’ll host at least one playoff game, and if they don’t, they may have to go on the road for their entire playoff run, however long it lasts.
So it’s official: Only two more regular-season games, and points per game will figure out the seeding. Every game counts, but the specific outcomes will count a little bit more now that we know how it will go down.
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