LAFC-vs. LA Galaxy El Trafico highlights rivalry week


  • MLS rivalry week features El Trafico, Hell is Real derby, Cascadia Cup
  • USMNT roster revealed for World Cup qualifiers
  • New England Revolution star heading to Europe

The U.S. men’s national soccer team is just days away from its first World Cup qualifier since that dreadful October 2017 night in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.

Meanwhile in MLS, the league’s “rivalry week” is here.

The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday night with a doubleheader of nationally televised games on ESPN, starting with the renewal of the “Hell is Real” derby between the Columbus Crew and FC Cincinnati followed by Orlando City hosting its Florida nemesis, Inter Miami CF.

The 12th edition of El Tráfico takes place Saturday (7 p.m. ET on FOX) when Los Angeles FC hosts the LA Galaxy.

On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). When last they clashed just two weeks ago, Seattle routed Portland in their Cascadia showdown.

When they last clashed on May 8, the LA Galaxy defeated LAFC, 2-1, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Here is what you need to know for the weekend in MLS:

MLS game of the week

Los Angeles FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET on FOX): Neither LA team enters the 12th edition of El Tráfico in great form. The Galaxy are riding a two-game losing streak. LAFC hasn’t won since July 7, nearly a week before Episode 1 of the second season of “Ted Lasso” dropped on Apple TV+. Galaxy star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has missed the last 11 games with a calf injury, but said Tuesday night during FS1’s broadcast of the All-Star Skills Challenge that his return is “soon, soon.” LAFC’s Carlos Vela has had a lingering quad issue and he had a setback during his team’s loss to Vancouver last Saturday. Still, this is a must-win game for both sides, who might have to fend off their biggest rival without their respective star players. While the Galaxy’s recent slide has them now in fourth place in the Western Conference behind the Seattle Sounders, Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids, LAFC’s slump has the one-time powerhouse below the playoff line.





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