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During the first ever game between L.A’s two MLS teams, a 4-3 comeback win by the Galaxy over LAFC, on March 31st. Photo courtesy of angelsonparade.com
LOS ANGELES GALAXY – 2018 SEASON AT A GLANCE AND TO DATE
Record: 10-8-6, 36 points, tied for fourth in the MLS West
Leading Scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, (Forward): 15 goals, 7 assists
Last Game: Tied the Colorado Rapids, 2-2, on August 11th
Next Game: vs Colorado Rapids, at Stub Hub Center, on Tuesday, August 14th
LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB (LAFC) – 2018 AT A GLANCE AND TO DATE
Record: 10-7-6, 36 points, tied for fourth in the MLS West
- Adama Diomande (Forward), 9 goals
- Carlos Vela (Forward), 7 assists
Last Game: Lost to Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, on August 11th
Next Game: vs Real Salt Lake at Banc of California Stadium on Wednesday, August 15th
Highlights from LAFC’s and the Galaxy’s 2-2 draw at Banc of California Stadium on July 26th, courtesy of YouTube (Click on the link)
EL TRAFICO: LA GALAXY vs LAFC AT A GLANCE
- Galaxy won at Stub Hub Center, 4-3, on March 31st
- Galaxy and LAFC tied at Banc of California Stadium, 2-2, on July 26th
- Next Game: Friday, August 24th at Stub Hub Center, 7:30 p.m.
A Few Thoughts:
These will be very brief…
The Galaxy has shown to be a much better team than last year, with Ibrahimovic being a main reason why that’s so.
And after an impressive start, having gone winless in their last five outing LAFC – at least at the moment – is starting to look like what they are: a first year team.
Still, they remain in good contention for a playoff berth, which is a significant accomplishment for a team in their first season.
Not quite as significant as the Las Vegas Golden Knights’ appearance in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals this year, but very significant nonetheless.
Except for the incident between a group of LAFC fans harassing a group of Galaxy fans at Banc of California Stadium the past time those two teams met, which is a cause for much concern in an “Can’t we all just get along?” kind of way,
I think that’s all that needs to be said as of right now.
The Sparks’ Candace Parker (#3), flanked by Nneka Ogwumike (left) and Chelsea Gray (right). Photo courtesy of gazettes.com
LOS ANGELES SPARKS – 2018 AT A GLANCE AND TO DATE
Record: 18-13, second place in the WNBA Western Conference, five and a half games behind the Seattle Storm
- Made the WNBA playoffs
- Candace Parker, 18.1 points per game
- Nneka Ogwumike, 15.5 points per game
- Chelsea Gray, 14.7 points per game
Leading Rebounder: Parker, 8.0 rebounds per game
Leader In Assists: Chelsea Gray, 5.2 assists per game
Last Game: Lost to the Phoenix Mercury, 86-78, on August 12th
Next Game: vs the New York Liberty at Staples Center on Tuesday, August 14th
A Few Thoughts:
Anytime a team loses to a pair of teams whose combined win total doesn’t match yours,
Doesn’t deserve too much respect from me.
That’s exactly what these Sparks did as with 18 wins to their credit, they lost to seven-win New York and five-win Indiana (at home, no less!) in recent weeks.
If you do the math as far as win totals, I think you can catch my drift.
These are two clubs that true contenders should be not only be able to name the score against, they should be able to empty their bench and play their little-used scrubs in the last few minutes of the game.
While I’m well aware that teams like New York, Indiana, and first-year franchise Las Vegas would love to have 18 wins and a playoff spot right now, the fact that the Sparks have been stumbling against teams that they have absolutely no business stumbling against leaves me with this one-word description of those ladies…
Which those Sparks are an epitome of as they are playing mediocre and inconsistent basketball for the bulk of this season.
Which is why they definitely will not win their fourth WNBA title.
In fact, the way they’ve been playing, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went one-and-done, losing in the first round.
I know that I sound a bit harsh, but the one thing that I am not as an online writer covering sports is a homer.
And like all the other SoCal teams that I write about on this blog, I’m being impartial, objective and realistic with regards to these women.
That’s all I’ve got to say about that.
I LOVE this shot of the passionate LAFC fan base, known as the 3252 Club, showing their love for their team. Photo courtesy of latimes.com