Los Angeles Galaxy – Los Angeles FC: Showtime As Ibra Single Handedly Beats The Best MLS Team (3-2)
Hotly anticipated matches like these - number one against number two, city derby - do not always live up to expectations in terms of drama. This one did however, in no small part thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
An MLS season is chaotic by nature. It keeps on running even when there are international tournaments played elsewhere across the globe. In the twelve-months-a-year business football has turned into nowadays, there is always some kind of tournament going on in the summer, meaning top MLS clubs always have to miss some of their best players for a couple of weeks mid-season.
In addition, some MLS clubs have been playing friendly matches against European teams who have come across the pond for commercial reasons. These two factors add to the feeling that the regular MLS season serves more as a warm-up for the playoffs than as an actual exciting league. And, by the way, as seven of the twelve teams from every conference get a playoff ticket, maybe at this stage, the regular MLS competition should be seen that way.
One team that has to worry even less about making the playoffs than the other teams is Los Angeles FC. They have absolutely steamrolled MLS so far this season, gathering 46 points in twenty matches. Bob Bradley fielded his nominal 4-3-3 formation; his midfield trio (Mark-Anthony Kaye, Eduard Atuesta and Latif Blessing) is probably the best midfield MLS has on offer. After bagging a brace against Houston Dynamo, Adama Diomande led the line once more up front, flanked by the team’s offensive superstars Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela.
Home team . . .