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Up and down the pitch, things continue to go extremely well for Los Angeles FC.
After rolling in their last two matches, LAFC looks for a club-record fourth straight MLS victory Saturday night when they host FC Cincinnati.
The MLS leaders are off to a blistering start, going 5-1-0 out of the gate and leading many pundits to believe they are the team to beat in the league for 2019. Los Angeles truly showed its dominance while outscoring San Jose and D.C. United - both on the road - 9-0 in the last two games. LAFC has never posted three straight clean sheets or four consecutive wins in just over a season of its existence.
"I think we're a team that plays both sides of the field," coach Bob Bradley told LAFC's official website. "We've got a long way to go."
Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi have combined for 13 of the team's league-leading 19 goals this season. Rossi recorded a hat trick in last weekend's 4-0 win at D.C., and has posted five of his six goals over the last three contests.
"We are doing really well, we're enjoying it," said Vela, who has four goals in the last two games. "We have to continue in that direction. We have to keep working."
One of the few negatives facing LAFC at the moment appears to be a hamstring injury to striker Adama Diomande. It's uncertain if he will be available to feature in this contest, but LAFC obviously still presents a difficult challenge to Cincinnati.
"It's more about us focusing on what we have to do," coach Alan Koch told Cincinnati's official website. "We have to nullify their strengths, which they've got strengths all over the place."
Cincinnati (2-2-2) will try to avoid going winless for a third consecutive match after playing Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw on Sunday. Darren Mattocks opened the scoring for Cincinnati off a successful penalty kick in the 19th minute, but Kansas City equalized in the 62nd to ultimately share the spoils.
"I've said this since the very beginning, we're going to have our ups and downs," Koch said. "Of course, we've had ups and downs already. We've won some great games, and we've lost some tough games so far.
"(On Sunday), we had some very good moments, and we had some bad moments, too. So, (that) game is a microcosm of what our season looks like, and we're probably going to continue on this roller coaster."
While that might not be the ideal path for a season, Koch should be pleased with the offensive balance his team has shown in the early weeks of the franchise's history. Eight different players have scored Cincinnati's eight goals.
Updated April 11, 2019