With the 2019 MLS season in the books, MLS Multiplex is taking a look at the best 11 that each team was able to put out during the 2019 campaign. This time we take a look at the record-breaking LAFC.
What a year it was for Los Angeles FC. In only their second season in MLS, they broke the regular-season points record as they ran away with the Supporters’ Shield title. LAFC tallied 72 points during the campaign, breaking the previous record set by the New York Red Bulls last season. The side featured the MLS MVP Carlos Vela, who broke the single-season record for goals, as he bagged 34 in just 31 appearances for the Black and Gold.
However, it was not to be when it came to the MLS Cup, as LAFC lost out to the Seattle Sounders in the Conference Finals, despite having home advantage at the fortress that was the Banc of California Stadium in 2019.
They may not have won the title, but they do have another record, with six of their starting XI breaching the 7/10 average rating mark, with one particular Mexican averaging nearly 8.5/10 per game! Who else makes the LAFC best XI? (Ratings from WhoScored).
Tyler Miller (6.67)
LAFC’s goalkeeper for their record-breaking 2019 campaign was Tyler Miller, the man who has been the club’s No.1 since their inception into MLS at the start of last season. Miller started his MLS career with the Seattle Sounders, but only played a handful of times before his move to Los Angeles, where he has since featured over 60 times in two seasons.
In 2019, the shot-stopper kept nine clean sheets in 28 appearances for LAFC during the regular-season, before also featuring twice in their post-season run. Miller will be aiming to keep his place as the club’s No.1 goalie next year.