LOS ANGELES — Entering the final stretch of the season, LAFC faces only five more games of its inaugural season. The week building up to Saturday’s road game against Chicago has kept the team busy, but the players’ sights remain set on finishing strong to make the most of the postseason.
Nine points make difference
Looking ahead to the postseason, LAFC is locked on clinching the final nine points necessary for a playoff berth in its first year in MLS. As long as the team earns that many points over the next five games, LAFC will be through to start the fight for the MLS cup.
That doesn’t mean the work is over, however. To earn nine points to close the season, LAFC will need to win at least two games. A trio of victories would do the trick, but the team is taking a rough route to close the season.
LAFC will face Vancouver — the team that has walked the line of playoffs qualification all season in the Western Conference — in the final home game of the year Oct. 21. Then, LAFC will close the regular season out Oct. 28 with a finale in Kansas City, a team it has jousted with for the conference’s top rankings all year.
So wins against Chicago, Colorado or Houston over the next two weeks will be vital for the team to secure the points and clinch its postseason position.
LAFC Academy continues to impact youth in Los Angeles
The LAFC Academy unveiled one of its newest fields at the Delano Recreation Center in Van Nuys on Tuesday. The Academy sponsored the installation of a brand new turf field, which will be used by members of the youth academy and young athletes in the community. The field was created in cooperation with Los Angeles Parks and Recreation.
“Anytime you can get a professional team to come out and speak to kids… it’s an amazing thing, an experience they’ll never forget.”
Thank you to everyone who continues to make an impact in the community. pic.twitter.com/GUwyu5MFhS
— LAFC (@LAFC) September 25, 2018
Walker Zimmerman earns team of the week honors
After knocking in his first two goals of his MLS career with his head Saturday, defender Walker Zimmerman was named to the MLS team of the week.
He is only the fifth defender since 2010 to score a brace while also keeping a clean sheet on a game.
LAFC announces Bob Bradley promotional event
There’s a bit of a gap between Saturday’s match and the next home game on Oct. 12, but LAFC is already promoting a special giveaway to get fans excited. The first 10,000 fans through the gates of the game against the Houston Dynamo will receive a bobblehead of LAFC head coach Bob Bradley.
First Bob-ble Head in Club history.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance for our match on 10/12 against @HoustonDynamo will receive a complimentary Bob-ble Head.
— LAFC (@LAFC) September 24, 2018
On Tuesday, Steven Beitashour announced there will be a new member of the black-and-gold family — he and his wife are expecting a baby boy in February.
The couple shared the news on Instagram, with special help from LAFC co-owner Will Ferrell.