Major League Soccer

LAFC GM believes El Trafico is 'greatest rivalry' in MLS history

Chris Smith
The LA clubs have played out some epic battles.
The LA clubs have played out some epic battles. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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LAFC general manager John Thorrington has labeled El Trafico as the 'greatest rivalry' in MLS history.

LA Galaxy are the most successful MLS team of all time with five MLS Cups, four Supporters' Shields, and two US Open Cups to their name.

But since LAFC came into the league in 2018, they've regularly competed for honors, winning the 2019 Supporters' Shield with a then-record points total and coming within 18 minutes of winning the Concacaf Champions League final in 2020 - a feat no MLS team has achieved yet.

In the stands, there's no love lost between the two sets of supporters. And on the pitch, the likes of Carlos Vela, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Brian Rodriguez have conjured up some incredible moments of magic.

It's a derby as raw and authentic even as the Cascadia clash between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

“I have to acknowledge my bias here, but I think this is the greatest rivalry the league has ever had," Thorrington said ahead of this weekend's latest installment.

The two LA teams are yet to play out a goalless draw and drama is almost a guarantee at this point. Thorrington believes this fixture has captured the attention of the entire league in a way no other can.


LA Galaxy vs LAFC head-to-head record

  • LA Galaxy wins: 5
  • LAFC wins: 3
  • Draws: 5

“There have been rivalries, and we have them as well, the on-field rivalries that sort of trickle into the stands. It’s nothing like we have here [in El Trafico],” he added. “I talk about games of consequence, and those consequences can vary, but this is always a game of consequence. No matter what the form, everybody focuses on the build-up and the 90 minutes. There have been remarkable storylines that couldn’t have been scripted, with moments both painful for us and exhilarating.”

Heading into this weekend's Trafico, LAFC are unbeaten and top of the Western Conference with 13 points from five games, four clear of the LA Galaxy who are third.

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