Los Angeles Football Club’s 2020 season is not yet over, as they have extended it at least one more matchday.
With a 2-1 win over Cruz Azul in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal round Wednesday, LAFC have booked their ticket to the semifinal round, where they’ll play Club América in the CCL semifinal round. It’s a single elimination game, so the winner of that one will go to next week’s final.
LAFC, in their first-ever CCL campaign, have joined select company in reaching the final four. Over the past decade, in the current format and previous group stage set-up, MLS teams have previously gotten to the semifinal 10 times: Sporting Kansas City (2019), New York Red Bulls (2018), Toronto FC (2018 and 2011-12), Vancouver Whitecaps (2016-17), FC Dallas (2016-17), Montreal Impact (2014-15), Seattle Sounders (2012-13), LA Galaxy (2012-13) and Real Salt Lake (2010-11). Of that group, just three made it to the final: TFC in 2018, Montreal in 2015 and RSL in 2011, where all three lost.
This year’s final four has a bit of variety. In addition to LAFC and América, a second Liga MX team, Tigres UANL, are in, as is a rare Central American semifinalist, Honduran outfit Olimpia. LAFC are flying the flag for the United States and MLS overall this year, but they will have their work cut out for them to beat América.
Still, LAFC have beaten two Liga MX teams already, so if they can be at their best and hold off América, who knows what could happen.
LAFC will play Saturday’s game against Club América with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 pm PT on FS2 and TUDN.
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