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Preview: New York Red Bulls (7-4-5) at Los Angeles Football Club (9-3-3)

This is third MLS meeting between LAFC and the Red Bulls with each team winning a home match against the other en route to lifting that year’s Supporters’ Shield. The most recent meeting was a 4–2 Los Angeles FC home win in August 2019 that saw both teams score twice before the break. It’s one of 11 times there has been four or more combined goals in the first half of an LAFC match, most in the league since 2018.

Banc of California Stadium has been one of the toughest places to visit in MLS since Los Angeles FC joined the league. LAFC has won 42 home matches in MLS, only NYCFC (46) has won more since 2018 while LAFC’s eight regular season home losses are the fewest of any team that’s been in MLS since 2018.

The Red Bulls last two away matches ended in 2–0 defeats, falling in both Miami and Charlotte. This is the first time the Red Bulls have played consecutive regular season road matches without a goal since a four-match scoring drought in April-June 2017.

Los Angeles FC has dominated the second half of games this season, scoring a league-best 20 goals after halftime while allowing only three, fewest in MLS. LAFC is the only team that hasn’t been outscored in the second half of any match this MLS season.

Lewis Morgan (7) and Luquinhas (5) have combined for 12 goals this MLS season. Morgan (2) and Luquinhas (3) have scored the Red Bulls last five league goals, excluding own goals.

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