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L.A Galaxy vs LAFC: how many times have they faced each other and who has won more games?

LAFC and LA Galaxy go head-to-head on Saturday for the first derby game of the 2022 MLS season at the Dignity Health Centre (Carson).

Latif Blessing #7 of Los Angeles FC dribbles the ball in front of Cristian Pavon #10, Giancarlo Gonzalez #21 and Dave Romney #4 of Los Angeles Galaxy during the second half in a 5-3 LAFC win in the Western Conference Semifinals
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This weekend soccer takes centre stage in the city of Los Angeles. Despite being one of the newest derby games in US sport, ‘El Trafico’ as the matchup has been dubbed, has become a game that evokes high levels of passion from Galaxy and LAFC fans respectively with no love lost between supporters of the blue and white and black and gold.

This season’s game sees both sides from the City of Angels enjoy solid starts to the 2022 MLS campaign with LAFC yet to record a loss as Steve Cherundolo’s men sit on top of the Western Conference with the Galaxy sitting third with three wins and two defeats in their opening five games.

LA history

With LAFC only emerging as a new MLS team in 2018, meetings between both sides have been fierce but few and far between with Saturday’s game set to be the twelfth MLS league meeting with the drama of the first ever match-up between the teams still fresh in fans’ minds when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a dramatic injury time winner to give the Galaxy a 4-3 win in an incident packed inaugural derby.

When it come to local ‘bragging rights’, Galaxy fans hold the upper hand with their side having won five of the eleven meetings in MLS. Five games have ended in a draw with the ‘black and gold’ only managing one derby win in the league.

Carlos Vela (LAFC)
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Carlos Vela (LAFC)Shaun ClarkGetty Images

There have been two other meetings between the Los Angeles giants with LAFC winning in a 2018 season play-off game and a victory over the Galaxy during the MLS is Back mini-competition staged in Florida during the pandemic affected 2020 season.


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