It’s top vs bottom in the Western Conference, so this should be an away banker, if such a thing exists in Major League Soccer.
LAFC appeared to be simply unstoppable, until losing back-to-back games, first a 2-1 defeat at San Jose Earthquakes.
Then, on Friday night, the Black and Gold were hammered 4-1 by their closest challengers in the west, namely Austin at Q2 Stadium.
In Texas, LAFC trailed by two goals or more for the first time since 18 May, when they also lost to Austin at home.
Before these successive defeats, Steve Cherundolo’s team had won seven consecutive MLS matches.
So, they remain top of the overall standings, but are now just three points clear of Philadelphia Union.
Will the 2019 Supporters’ Shield winners get back on track, aiming to recapture that particular silverware and, perhaps, even more?
Houston Dynamo meantime have only qualified for the play-offs once since 2013, this coming in 2017.
This statistic isn’t going to change with el Naranja at the foot of the west, 11 points below the play-off line.
On Saturday, Paulo Nagamura’s team were beaten again, this time 2-1 by Minnesota United, despite taking the lead through Corey Baird.
Overall, Houston are now winless in six, accumulating just one point from these fixtures.
So, surely LAFC will get back to winning ways at PNC Stadium.