Los Angeles FC is clear front-runner at MLS midway point

Published 3:11 p.m. ET June 12, 2019

The break for the Gold Cup and other international tournaments represents a midway point for Major League Soccer’s new condensed schedule.

The league might want to consider chiseling Los Angeles FC into the Supporters’ Shield for 2019 during the time off.

The second-year franchise has a six-point lead over Philadelphia and is nine points clear of El Trafico rival LA Galaxy in the race for the overall regular-season title. The black and gold have just one loss in the first 16 games, that coming in a 1-0 setback to Vancouver in mid-April. They also have a plus-26 goal differential; Philadelphia is second-best at plus-11.

“We’re a good team, but we still can be better,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. “We love what we’re doing. We love stepping on the field, having an idea what we want to be about, trying to move the ball quick, trying to get chances, trying to move up the field. We enjoy the work that goes into it and the results so far have gone well. But we all know we can be better.”

While it’s clear LAFC is the class of the West, the more interesting races may end up being for the final playoff spots in both…

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