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LAFC miss MLS Cup Playoffs for first time in club history

Disappointing end to disappointing season.

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LAFC entered the 2021 MLS regular season as reasonable contenders for trophies and finished it in the complete opposite scenario, officially failing to qualify for the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs after a brutal 5-2 loss at the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

The failure to reach the postseason is the first such blemish in club history, and officially caps off by far the worst season in LAFC’s four campaigns.

While some may note that reaching the playoffs 75 percent of the time is a solid mark for most clubs, LAFC had been the standard-bearer in MLS as recently as 2019, when they won the Supporters’ Shield, and expectations were substantially higher for the club than merely reaching the playoffs. Faltering at that low bar is an unmitigated disappointment.

So, the offseason is coming far sooner than any of us expected back in the spring, but you can’t deny the black-and-gold did not earn a playoff spot. And so, they’re staying home until 2022.

We’ll have plenty of offseason coverage in the coming days, weeks and months, and we’ll keep you updated on news as it drops. Given the circumstances, expect a lot of news to drop in the offseason, because we know LAFC can’t afford to stand pat.

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