On to the next.
After a historic victory in Seattle, earning the first three points in Club history, LAFC is back in action. Bob Bradley's team has to put the emotions from the last match in the rearview mirror, as it faces another tough away test.
A great start stays great only if you keep progressing. LAFC can't afford to take one step forward and two steps back. So all the focus has to be on the opponent in front of the Black & Gold.
Here are the Toyota Keys to the Match for LAFC at Real Salt Lake:
Encore For Tyler Miller?: In one match with LAFC, Tyler Miller equaled his total number of saves (7) over two years with the Seattle Sounders. The goalkeeper was impeccable against his former team last week making it easy to see why LAFC selected him with the first pick in the MLS Expansion Draft. Can Miller produce a repeat performance in back-to-back weeks?
More Shots On Target: Against Seattle, LAFC had just one shot on target, Rossi's one-time finish in the 11th minute. While a 100-percent shooting accuracy sounds nice, it's clearly not sustainable. With the likes of Carlos Vela, Marco Ureña, Latif Blessing, and the aforementioned Rossi on the pitch, look for LAFC to make a concerted effort to generate more attempts on target against RSL.
Playing At Altitude: At an elevation of 4,500 feet, Rio Tinto Stadium is second in altitude to only Colorado's Dick's Sporting Goods Park (5,200 feet) in MLS. At training, Bradley said there's not much any visiting team can do about the altitude other than being prepared to fight through it. Feilhaber told me at training that he "doesn't really feel it" when playing in Salt Lake or Colorado. No doubt, the home side will be better acclimated to the thin air. We'll see how high LAFC's fitness levels are this early in the season.