In a busy weekend across Liga MX and MLS, all of our 2022 Leagues Cup Showcase sides were in action, led by El Trafíco on Friday evening in Los Angeles, pitting Western Conference leaders LAFC against LA Galaxy. The two sides, who will be the joint hosts at SoFi Stadium on August 3, were facing each other for the third time this season, with the Galaxy having won each of the previous encounters, in MLS in April and in the Round of 16 of the US Open Cup in May.
LAFC were the hosts at Banc of California Stadium on Friday evening, and one of Major League Soccer’s most exciting rivalries lived up to its reputation, as a brace from José Cifuentes saw the home side take an early lead before being made to sweat for a 3-2 win to kick off Rivalry Week. With Gareth Bale cheering his new teammates on, Cristian Arango looked to have sealed the result, but the Galaxy battled back through Rayan Raveloson to pull to within a goal, making for a nervy encounter which served as a superb teaser for what’s to come.
On Saturday, Rivalry Week continued in Major League Soccer as Real Salt Lake welcomed Colorado Rapids, with the hosts getting a vital point in a two-all draw to keep their playoff push alive. Off the back of a busy run of fixtures, Nashville SC fell to Charlotte FC, 4-1, while FC Cincinnati welcomed a full house to TQL Stadium as they held on with nine men against the conference-leading New York Red Bulls, drawing one-all.
Things were a little less appealing south of the border, however, as Jornada 2 in Liga MX saw Ameríca and Chivas each narrowly lose, 3-2 to Monterrey and 1-0 to Atlético San Luis respectively, on Saturday. Atlas, who will be taking on Real Salt Lake in September as part of the second set of matches, took on Toluca in Sunday’s early match, and battled hard against ten men before losing 3-2.
Despite some tough results from some of our Liga MX sides, the weekend was still a thrilling one, with plenty of goals, passion, and excitement, a great teaser for what’s to come in the Leagues Cup Showcase over the next two months. All eight sides are back in action over the next few days, with MLS keeping their fans on the edge of their seats with a nearly full round of games on Wednesday, with Atlas and Chivas back in action on Jornada 3 at the weekend.