El Trafico. It’s the perfect name for the Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Derby.
Not only does the name reflect the Mexican and Central American presence in LA but it pays homage to one of the region’s most important – and frustrating aspects of LA life: mind-boggling, bumper-to-bumper traffic.
The second instalment of El Trafico takes place today at 12:30 AEST and can be seen live on ESPN.
LA has two MLS teams, foundation club LA Galaxy and first year team LAFC. The black-and-gold clad LAFC has been a tremendous success story, building the club (and a stadium) from the ground up.
They currently sit in 2nd place in the Western Conference and feature Mexico (and former Arsenal) star Carlos Vela, as well as a star-studded ownership group that includes actor/comedian Will Ferrell.
The Galaxy, in 4th place in the West, have been around for more than 20 years, have five MLS titles and are perhaps best known for the David Beckham era, from 2007 to 2012.
After missing the playoffs last season, the Galaxy went back to the marquee well and signed the great showman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swede – who was left off the national team for the World Cup – has been an instant hit in LA, scoring 12 goals (4th best in the league) and firing off his usual outrageous quotes.
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 2, 2018
Zlatan was instrumental in the Galaxy’s first El Trafico win back in March, coming off the bench to score two goals and erase a 3-0 LAFC lead.
The Galaxy pulled out a remarkable 4-3 win and set the stage for today’s return match at the Banc of California stadium.
El Trafico Odds
$3.40 LA Galaxy
$5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
$5.50 Carlos Vela
$3.60 To be booked
$9.50 1st player to be shown a card
$13 To be sent off
Odds subject to change – all El Trafico markets here.