One more trip to Canada. One more road match before LAFC's historic home opener.
The Black & Gold will look to carry momentum from its 2-0 victory in Vancouver into Saturday's match at the Montreal Impact. The Club has put together a strong start away from home with three wins in five away matches to start the season. A victory in Montreal could push the Club into second place in the Western Conference standings.
Here's are the Toyota Keys to the Match for LAFC's first trip to Montreal:
Vela And Rossi Stay Hot
Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela have played a direct role in eight of LAFC's 11 goals this season. With four goals apiece, the two Designated Players will look to stay on the scoring sheet against a Montreal side that has the most goals against in the Eastern Conference.
4-2-3-1 or 3-4-3
Bob Bradley adjusted his tactics against Vancouver, fielding his team in a 3-4-3 setup. Through the Club's previous four matches, Bradley had favored a 4-2-3-1 formation to mixed results. Against the Whitecaps, LAFC's stability at the back was a platform for the team to control the match going forward. Bradley hasn't tipped his hand as to what formation he'll use in Montreal, but with the strong play of Jordan Harvey and Steven Beitashour at wingbacks, it's likely he rolls the dice once more on the new formation.
Le Général's Return
Laurent Ciman played three seasons with the Impact before joining LAFC for its inaugural season via an offseason trade. Dubbed Le Général by Montreal supporters, Ciman played in an MLS All-Star Game and was named Defender of the Year while wearing the blue and black of the Impact. He's now the captain of the Black & Gold and with this being the final match of a long road trip, he'll need to keep his teammates focused. LAFC can't be caught thinking about opening a its new home before it has taken care of business across the border.