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LAFC host rival Galaxy on outside of playoff picture

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On the heels of a smashing success of a Major League Soccer All-Star Game at its South Los Angeles stadium involving stars from Mexico’s Liga MX, Los Angeles FC’s next match at Banc of California Stadium is against its biggest rival, the LA Galaxy, on Saturday night.

It’s another installment of the appropriately named “El Trafico” rivalry between the Western Conference’s fourth-place team, the Galaxy, and ninth-place LAFC. Both teams are in need of three points.

The Galaxy (11-8-2, 35 points) might welcome a road game after losing their last two matches at home. The club has been without its top striker and leading goal scorer, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, for 11 games due to a calf injury.

Hernandez was asked by the FS1 broadcast crew Tuesday night during All-Star activities about when he will be back.

“Soon, soon,” he said. “It’s been a very difficult injury because I had an injury last year in a very close spot on my calf and we were struggling a little bit. But we need to take it very (cautiously) as well. But I’m very close.”

LAFC (6-9-5, 23 points) haven’t won a match since July 17, are are mired in a seven-match winless stretch (0-5-2). The team might also be without its target forward, Carlos Vela, who has a quad injury he aggravated last Saturday against Vancouver.

Only the top seven teams in each conference make the postseason, and LAFC currently finds itself below that threshold. It’s a massive disappointment for a team built to contend annually since it started MLS play in 2018.

The rivalry game should inject some energy into the newest Los Angeles club as it takes on an MLS founding club.

“From the first moment we stepped on the field and we had this LA rivalry, it was electric,” LAFC defender Jordan Harvey said on Bleacher Report’s “Heart of the Game” series. “I can’t pinpoint any game that has this much energy, this much anticipation and fire from the players that feed off the fans. You feel like the whole league is looking at this LA rivalry.”

–Field Level Media

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