2019 Season Preview: LAFC

LAFC's first act in MLS will be tough to follow ... but reloaded and recharged, Bob Bradley's side is eager to build on last season's record-breaking campaign.

Carlos Vela and Walker Zimmerman are back, as the club kept their core intact. Designated Player Andre Horta has had a full offseason to continue his integration to the league and can be a difference maker for LAFC this season.

Star players

Key acquisitions and departures

Projected Starting XI

Team strengths and weaknesses

  • Strength: Elite talent, proven MLS winners, and a perennial coach of the year candidate. You could ride any three to a playoff position; all three makes you a Cup contender.
  • Weakness: Their playing style doesn't leave much room for error — if it's clicking, it's gorgeous, but it leaves the team susceptible to upsets from inferior teams.

Predictions

  • Ben Baer: 3rd in West
  • Calen Carr: 2nd in West
  • Charlie Davies: 3rd in West
  • Matt Doyle: 1st in West
  • Bobby Warshaw: 2nd in West
  • Andrew Wiebe: 3rd in West

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