Real Salt Lake vs LAFC

 3252 fans cheering on LAFC during their match-up with RSL on March 23. (Photo Credit: Mas Shaygan)
3252 fans cheering on LAFC during their match-up with RSL on March 23. (Photo Credit: Mas Shaygan)

By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

Coming into this game LAFC was looking to remain unbeaten. The match on this past Saturday meant a little more as this game would be a rematch of a second-round playoff matchup. Real Salt Lake put LAFC out the playoff last season, both teams would be down several players due them joining their country teams for a couple of games.

This game started out physical as we have seen 4 yellow cards in the first 24 minutes of the game. RSL’s Luiz started the game with a Yellow Card at 3:07. LAFC’s Harvey and Horta each received a yellow card at the 17:56 and 21:03 mark respectively. Saucedo received the final yellow card of the game at 23:46.

LAFC’s 8 total shots controlled the pace of the match as RSL managed only 2 total shots on goal all for the entire match. LAFC had 3 shots on target, 2 off target in addition to along with 3 blocked shots. All this in comparison to the RSL’s 2 total shots on goal.

When Walker Zimmerman was asked about the team’s preparation this past week, as LAFC were missing those players who choose to play for their respective country’s team, he responded by saying, “we have a week to prepare. So, guys have to train like their playing and get their minds right and guys have to step up. Cause that what we ask of everybody.”

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Banc of California Stadium watching LAFC. Their boisterous supporters known as the 3252 makes these games more enjoyable with their rhythmic chants and songs that keep the fans engaged throughout the game. Their next home game on April 13 at the Banc of California Stadium vs FC Cincinnati you can contact LAFC for at tickets@lafc.com or by calling 213-519-9860. Let me know if you are likely to check out a LAFC match soon by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or reaching out to us on twitter @whatsgoodinsports. Your feedback is very much welcomed and appreciated!

One must be special, to even be considered as an NBA MVP. A player’s ability to dominate any given game matched with their capacity to lead their team to greatness are among the qualifications for a player to be in MVP consideration. Listed below is my Top 5 MVP Candidates as the NBA closes out this season.

Stephen Curry

Curry is the glue and the engine which keeps this team together. We all know that his sharpshooting, ball handling, and leadership is world renowned. He is the biggest reason this team is en route to winning their 3rd consecutive NBA Championship. His presence seems to settle the personalities on the Warriors and keep them playing in rhythm.

Paul George

Though George suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss a few games recently, his work was put in throughout the season. His defensive skills have assisted the Thunder in becoming one of the most impressive defensive teams in the league. Offensively Paul George has elevated his game this season, and this play was much needed as the Thunder is competing for a slot in the very competitive Western Conference playoff race.

Nikola Jokic

In only his third season in the NBA, this 7ft center from Serbia has his Denver Nuggets competing for the best record in the historically tough Western Conference. Jokic’s limited foot speed coupled with limited jumping ability makes us marvel at his undeniable feel for the game. Thus far in the season the first time, All-Star leads his team in assist while being one of the few guys in the league to lead his team in assist and scoring. Oh yeah, Nikola also leads his team in rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

In most other seasons the strong, lengthy and nimble Antetokounmpo would’ve walked away with the coveted NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award. Having single-handedly led the Milwaukee Bucks back into prominence with his outstanding play, as Giannis has been nothing short of dominant this season. The league has endured the explosiveness of the Antentokoumpo led Bucks on their way to the best record in the NBA.

James Harden

One thing that makes Harden’s so impressive this season is that as the leagues reigning MVP, he’s come back to give the league the business in the very next season. As the Rockets made their various changes in the lineup, one consistent remained the same. Throughout injuries and mismatches, James Harden has been the singular advantage the Rockets have every night. Averaging 36.4 points or game, with 6 rebounds and 7 assists per game, including having scored 50 points 8 different times this season. All this in the extraordinarily tough Western Conference and going on scoring streaks which have been unseen since Wilt, Michael or Kobe.

The NBA basketball season remains fantastic, and with the playoffs on the horizon, the season will is about to get even better. Because the NBA’s league MVP award is a regular season award with less than 10 games remaining for most teams, I have James Harden defending and solidifying his MVP award from last season. Let me know your thoughts on my MVP list by sharing your thoughts with us by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or reaching out to us on twitter @whatsgoodinsports. Your feedback is always welcomed and appreciated!