If LAFC are to claim a second Supporters’ Shield in four seasons, they’re going to have to really fight for it.
Last weekend, the Black and Gold got back to winning ways by beating Real Salt Lake 2-0 at Banc of California Stadium.
Ryan Hollingshead and Cristian Arango on target, ensuring Carlos Vela’s late penalty, that was saved, was a mere footnote.
Before this, Steve Cherundolo’s team had actually lost three successive matches, despite enjoying a seven-match winning streak prior to this.
The former allowed Philadelphia Union to catch up, with those two clubs level on points at the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings.
Thus, LAFC cannot afford to drop points in Frisco.
FC Dallas though will provide their Californian-based visitors with a tough test.
They beat Minnesota United 3-0 at Allianz Field last weekend, with Alan Velasco and Jesús Ferreira on target shortly after an own goal had broken the deadlock.
At three minutes and 43 seconds, this is the fastest any club has scored a trio of goals in an MLS match since records began.
This is also Dallas’ biggest away win since a victory by the same 3-0 scoreline in Utah over five years ago.
Overall, Nico Estévez’s team have won five of their last nine MLS matches and have moved up to third in the west.
Who will win this high-quality encounter at Toyota Stadium?