Where does LAFC's chase for history sit after 20 games?

It's been quite the start to the season for LAFC.

Bob Bradley's side quickly have become the talk of the league through 20 games in 2019, sprinting out to an 14W-2L-4D record. The style of play has matched their results, as the team is scoring goals by the handful and playing with an enthralling level of panache.

It's early, but their start has put them in the conversation to re-write the record books come Decision Day presented by AT&T. Carlos Vela is already on pace to break the single-season scoring record, but where does LAFC stack up with clubs that hold various team records after just 20 matches, following their Week 19 win over the Houston Dynamo.

Most points (first two seasons)

Team Games Points
2018-19 LAFC 54 103
2017-18 Atlanta 54 95

LAFC are on pace to one-up Atlanta United's point total through a club's first two seasons of MLS action. The Five Stripes, last year's MLS Cup champions, reached 124, while LAFC have eight more through 54 games. There's just under half a regular season left to play, but they're trending in a positive direction and showing few signs of slowing down. 


Team Games Points
2019 LAFC 20 46
2018 RBNY 20 41

Last season's New York Red Bulls set a league record for most points in a campaign with 71, and they got off to a strong start despite lasting to the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League

LAFC don't deal with that competition this season and have now opened up a five-point gap on where RBNY were at the same point last year, though by that time of the season they were focused solely on league play. 

Wins (post-shootout era)

Team Games Wins
2019 LAFC 20 14
2018 RBNY 20 13

Same concept as points: The Red Bulls were still able to enjoy a fast start despite focusing on CCL as well. But LAFC's stay ahead of the pace set by 2018 RBNY. 

Goals scored

Team Games Goals
1998 Galaxy 20 61
2019 LAFC 20 48

In pursuit of one of the league's loftiest records, LAFC are close to falling too far behind the 1998 LA Galaxy in goals scored. The Galaxy scored 85 goals over just 32 matches (!) that season, a mark that hasn't come close to being broken. Tied for second place are 2017 Toronto FC and 1998 D.C. United with 74. 

Goal differential

Team Games GD
2019 LAFC 20 +36
1998 Galaxy 20 +30

LAFC are ahead of the pace of the prolific 1998 Galaxy in goal difference after a big nine-day stretch.


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