“I was able to call [New England] home for the last seven years. Made a lot of great memories. Was able to get to the MLS Cup final. Almost won it. Was able to get to the Open Cup final. Almost won it. It was definitely good times, and those I’ll never forget.”
That’s LAFC midfielder Lee Nguyen on LAFC’s next opponent.
This week, LAFC faces another MLS team for the first time in the New England Revolution. And despite the fact his Club has zero history with the Revolution, Nguyen is quite familiar. The midfielder scored 51 goals for the Revolution and was just one assist shy of becoming the 20th member of MLS’ exclusive 50-50 club – Nguyen would eventually join the club with an assist in LAFC’s 4-3 comeback win in San Jose.
Nguyen, of course, is not alone in the LAFC squad when it comes to facing a former team. After 27 matches this season, LAFC has played a former team of one of its players on 12 occasions. The Black & Gold are a combined 8-2-2 in those matches, capturing 26 of a possible 36 points.
Here’s a look at how LAFC players have fared against their former teams (list only features players that were in the 18 against former teams):
Tyler Miller - Seattle Sounders
Taken with the first pick in the MLS Expansion Draft by LAFC, Tyler Miller had played just twice for the Seattle Sounders in two seasons. Miller has played against the Sounders that many times alone this season.
In two matches against Seattle in 2018, Miller has 13 saves and zero goals allowed. His two shutouts adding to his total of eight this season, and giving LAFC six points out of six on offer against Seattle in 2018
Laurent Ciman - Montreal Impact
The trip to Montreal was an emotional one for the former LAFC captain. And his match went about the same rollercoaster trajectory you'd expect. Luckily for the Black & Gold, the day ended on a high.
After being at least partially to blame for Montreal jumping out to a two-goal lead inside of 20 minutes, Laurent Ciman introduced MLS to his long-distance prowess from free kicks. With the ball set close to 40 yards from the opponent's goal, the LAFC defender rocketed a right-footed shot into the upper corner of the net to cut the Impact's lead in half. Despite going down again by two goals before the half, LAFC rallied to take all three points with a 4-3 win.
Steven Beitashour - San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps & Toronto FC
It's almost been like a homecoming tour for Steven Beitashour this season, as he's featured in three matches at the homes of his former clubs.
The LAFC defender scored against San Jose, the team that drafted him, in a 4-3 comeback win in June. Went 90 minutes in a 2-0 victory at the Vancouver Whitecaps in April, and most recently, helped LAFC defeat the defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC 4-2 two weeks ago. Beitashour is a perfect three out of three in matches against his former sides.
Dejan Jaković - D.C. United
Not the best night for the LAFC defender, who was shown a red card just minutes before halftime in his first match against the side that originally brought him to MLS.
Despite Jaković's early exit, LAFC did manage to secure a point after playing with 10 men for 45-plus minutes against D.C. United.
Benny Feilhaber & Latif Blessing - Sporting KC
The one blemish on LAFC's record against its players former sides, Benny Feilhaber and Latif Blessing both saw time against their former side in a 2-0 win for Sporting KC. It was the first loss for LAFC at Banc of California Stadium, but you can be sure Feilhaber and Blessing have the final match of the season against SKC circled on their calendars with a bit of revenge in mind.
Walker Zimmerman - FC Dallas
A first-round draft pick of FC Dallas in 2013, Walker Zimmerman got two shots at his former team this season.
A 1-1 draw at Banc of California Stadium was followed up by a 2-1 loss on a hot and muggy night in Dallas. Zimmerman played a combined 167 minutes over the two matches, but will have to wait until at least the playoffs to secure his first win over his former team.
Jordan Harvey - Vancouver Whitecaps, Philadelphia Union & Colorado Rapids
Like Beitashour, Jordan Harvey has been perfect against his former sides.
He was honored in pregame of the 2-0 win at Vancouver, before receiving a standing ovation from the BC Place crowd while coming off in the 86th minute. LAFC managed another 2-0 victory in August against the Rapids, the team that drafted Harvery in 2006. And despite being an unused substitute against Philadelphia, Harvey's Black & Gold side cruised to a 4-1 win.