Los Angeles vs Houston Dynamo : Los Angeles are coasting at the top of the Western Conference and have found their shooting boots with 11 goals in their last two matches. They will face a tougher test here against a Houston Dynamo side that are unbeaten in their last 10 home games and that could lead to both teams scoring.
BBVA Compass Stadium will host the game of the regular MLS season, between the sides of Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles FC on Friday. The Los Angeles FC is the best team in the entire League so far the season. They collected forty-three points from nineteen games, while Houston Dynamo is 7th in the Western Conference with a tally of 30 points.
The Dynamo are 4-5-3 against Western Conference opponents. Houston ranks sixth in the Western Conference giving up 25 goals.
Los Angeles FC is 9-2-2 against Western Conference opponents. Los Angeles FC is first in the Western Conference with 50 goals. Carlos Vela paces the team with 19.
Los Angeles Football Club will look to rebound from a shocking 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers and their elimination from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as they travel to Houston to take on the Dynamo on Friday. LAFC not only has to deal with just their third loss of the season, but has to travel in the quickest turnaround of their season, with just one day in between matchdays.
LAFC, who had previously been on a two-match winning streak since their loss to the Colorado Rapids in late June, had scored 11 goals in two matches, and had just one loss since mid-April (13 matches). That all changed Wednesday, when Jeremy Ebobisse put an attempted clearance from Jordan Harvey into LAFC’s net to bounce them from the Open Cup, and handing LAFC their second loss in four matches. Now, LAFC has to recover and return to MLS play, with all their eggs in the MLS Cup basket and just one day of rest.
Trying to run away in the race for the MLS Supporters’ Shield and the top spot in the Western Conference, Vela and LAFC look for a third straight win Friday night when they square off with the Houston Dynamo.
Vela, who appears to have closed the door on his international career with Mexico after turning down Tata Martino to pass on playing in the Gold Cup, is enjoying the season of his career with LAFC (13-2-4). His 19 goals are his most in any season at the club level, eclipsing the 16 he netted for Real Sociedad in Spain’s La Liga in 2013-14.