Second-year Los Angeles Football Club made history by winning its first major trophy, securing the Supporters’ Shield after a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo Wednesday night.
The Shield guaranteed LAFC a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs, a strength of position as the team has recorded a 12-1-3 record at Banc of California Stadium this season.
LAFC has compiled a 20-4-8 record (68 points) and could break the 2018 Red Bulls record for most points in a regular season (71), set last year.
With 20 wins, LAFC is two victories away from matching the 2018 Red Bulls’ mark of 22 victories for the most in MLS during the post-shootout era, while its 81 goals scored ranks second in MLS history behind the 1998 LA Galaxy (85).
LAFC also has registered a plus-46 goal differential, which could pass the 1998 Galaxy mark of plus-41 should it stand the rest of the season. No club in MLS history has compiled more points over its first two seasons than LAFC’s 125 points, breaking 2017-2018 Atlanta United’s record of 124 points, with two matches remaining in 2019.
Coached by former U.S. men’s national coach and Red Bulls coach Bob Bradley, LAFC also has clinched a berth to the 2020 Concacaf Champions League as the winner of the 2019 Supporters’ Shield, its first time participating in international competition.
Atlanta United, as winner of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and the Montreal Impact as the winner of the 2019 Canadian Championship also have qualified for next year’s competition.
|2020 Concacaf Champions League qualified MLS clubs|
|TBD||2019 MLS Cup Champion|
|Los Angeles Football Club||2019 Supporters’ Shield Winner|
|TBD||2019 Eastern Conference Regular Season Champion|
|Atlanta United||2019 U.S. Open Cup Champion|
|Montreal Impact||2019 Canadian Championship Winner|