With the first official game getting closer, we are observing Inter Miami CF first adversary in MLS: Los Angeles Football Club. The league gave Miami a little welcome present by starting with one of the best teams of MLS, that has a real star with last year’s league MVP Carlos Vela
But while Inter Miami is still in the midst of preparation, LAFC has completed its preseason against Toronto FC with a 3-1 home win. A last preparation match that showed a sharp team, unbeaten during their friendlies with 3 wins and 1 draw, and showed Vela already scoring decisive goals. After they win versus Penarol 2-0, they are showing to be a very difficult team to beat.
Things will start to get real for LAFC next week, as they plays Leon, the Liga MX leader, in the first of a two-leg CONCACAF Champions League playoff (first game in Mexico). But no worries for their coach Bob Bradley, as he told “Latimes”: “When I look at the preseason as a whole, I think a lot of good work has taken place, And everybody now can be focused and ready“.
On top of their excellent roster, LAFC has signed two young prospects that are said to be wonderkids: Ginella (Uruguay) and Cifuentes (Ecuador). Three others South American players, who played in the CONMEBOL Olympic qualifying tournament — forward Diego Rossi, midfielder Eduard Atuesta and defender Eddie Segura — are also forces to recon with. Their one weakness maybe their goalkeeper, and many rumors about trying to sign a new goalie were circling around.
Founded in 2018, LAFC is the second-newest team to join Major League Soccer (MLS). The team shares its home city with the Los Angeles Galaxy and has garnered 22,042 attendees on average at its home games over the course of its first two seasons. That’s more than Lockhart can fill.
In its inaugural season, LAFC qualified for the 2018 MLS Cup playoffs after earning the third-place spot in the Western Conference. LAFC’s second season exceeded expectations after breaking 13 MLS records. This is what we hope for our city’s club, and Alonso’s ambition to show on the field.
With the preseason still on for Miami, the challenge will be hard if coach Alonso want to do good on his claim to be MLS champion the first year! We have the best supporters in the US, but our team will have to face 22,000 of what we hear are fire supporters!