The preseason comes to an end with a friendly against Toronto FC on Wednesday.
The end of preseason, and more importantly the final match of preseason, can be a lot of things. To some players its a final chance to get minutes in and match fitness. For others, it's one last chance to prove something.
Either way, Bob Bradley will be focused on getting the maximum out of this final friendly regardless of the scoreline.
Here are the Toyota Keys to the Match for LAFC's final preseason match of 2020 against Toronto FC:
While the early part of preseason was focused on learning and getting fit, we've reached the business end. If you haven't demonstrated you can take concepts from training onto the pitch against "friendly" opposition, don't expect to be counted on when it matters.
This final preseason match is when the details matter most. It's not just about having the idea but also executing it at speed. The matches are only going to get quicker from here and the opposition tougher, time to prove you're ready.
Speaking of matches getting quicker. It's best to acclimate yourself now.
Enter this match with a level of focus you would if three points were on the line. Look to carry out your movements at high speed.
Read the game and identify the space from the opening whistle. Don't just react. Players need to use this final preseason match to exert some control on the match and show they're mentally at the right level to compete.
Gain Some Confidence
There's an opposite side to the coin as well.
This is the last match where points aren't on the line. It's a chance to also gain some confidence.
Get touches. Be active. Players should be creating connections with their teammates and working on movements they can rely on when it counts.
Use this final tuneup as a platform to launch you into the opening CCL match in Léon.