Los Angeles vs LA Galaxy
One of the most iconic Major League Soccer fixtures pits Los Angeles FC and Los Angeles Galaxy against each other at BMO Stadium.
Despite faring reasonably well at home this season (W8, D3, L3), Los Angeles will hardly relish meeting their city rivals in the current circumstances. Long-serving manager Steve Cherundolo starts to feel the heat after his men lost three consecutive MLS matches in the build-up to this encounter. Since the MLS returned to action after the Leagues Cup pause, Cherundolo’s men have registered partial success on home turf (W1, L1), though fans at BMO Stadium at least enjoyed high-scoring contests. Both matches saw the opening goal come within 20 minutes of play and produce precisely four, highlighting the potential for an action-packed affair. Adding to this sentiment, the last five MLS H2Hs have seen over 2.5 goals and both teams scoring.
Meanwhile, LA Galaxy’s form in the post-Leagues Cup period sets them up nicely for this mouth-watering fixture, with Greg Vanney’s side going unbeaten in all four MLS outings in that sequence (W2, D2). But back-to-back draws ahead of this match cast doubt on Galaxy’s effort to beat Los Angeles twice in a row for the first time since 2020 following a 2-1 home win in their most recent MLS H2H. There’s more at stake than just bragging rights for Galaxy here, considering they begin this round second from bottom in the Eastern Conference, four points adrift of the MLS playoff line. But a 3-2 win at San Jose last time out offered Galaxy some respite, halting their woeful run of four straight winless league travels beforehand (D3, L1).