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There were 126 days and a global pandemic in between LAFC’s second and third match of the 2020 MLS season, as the Club opened the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament with a 3-3 draw against the Houston Dynamo on July 13. Forwards Bradley Wright-Phillips, Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez all found the back of the net for LAFC, with Wright-Phillips and Rodriguez each tallying their first in Black & Gold.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy started the MLS is Back Tournament with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Portland Timbers on Monday night. After an even half that included a missed Chicharito penalty kick in the 12th minute, Jeremy Ebobisse put the Timbers ahead in the 59th minute and Sebastian Blanco added insurance in the 66th minute. In the 75th minute, the Timbers’ Dario Zuparic received his second yellow card and was sent off, and Chicharito was able to capitalize on the man down, adding his first MLS goal in the 88th minute for the Galaxy’s lone goal on the night. The loss brought the club’s total to one draw and two losses this MLS season.
The two crosstown rivals have met five times in regular season play and once in the MLS Cup Playoffs. While LAFC is still looking for its first league victory over the Galaxy (0-2-3 record), the Black & Gold finally notched its first win in the rivalry with a 5-3 triumph in the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals last year.
LAFC’s final match of the round will take place on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT against the Portland Timbers on ESPN 2/ESPN Deportes, ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.
The tournament will continue in the Knockout Stage presented by Audi with eight Round-of-16 matches, played as doubleheaders on four consecutive evenings (July 25-28), followed by four Quarterfinal matches (July 30-Aug 1), two Semifinal games (Aug. 5-6) and the MLS is Back Tournament Final on August 11 at 5:00 p.m. PT (ESPN/ESPN Deportes). The tournament champion will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.