(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: The 2023 MLS regular season has ended and it’s now time to take a quick look forward to the upcoming MLS Cup post-season playoffs that definitely include our LAFC/Black & Gold, who finished in 3rd place in the Western Conference behind the St. Louis CITY SC (56 points) and the Seattle Sounders FC with (53) points. LAFC concludes the season with a (14-10-10) record valued at (52) points and will face the Vancouver White Caps, the 6th seeded team who ended their season with a (12-10-12) record, for (48) points. Give a good read to the match summary as prepared by the LAFC Communications Staff and please don’t leave out your view of the Club’s great photo gallery of the season’s finale.
See the playoff schedule just below in the info graphic. And a quick reminder to all fans—do check on ticket availabilities as soon as possible, as there is always the strong possibility that the match may be “SOLD OUT!”
LAFC ENDS REGULAR SEASON WITH 1-1 TIE IN VANCOUVER AS DÉNIS BOUANGA CAPTURES THE 2023 GOLDEN BOOT
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) closed out the 2023 MLS regular season with a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. LAFC forward Dénis Bouanga scored LAFC’s goal in the 34th minute off a pass from Ilie Sánchez. It was Bounga’s league-leading 20th goal in MLS regular season action – earning him the MLS Golden Boot. He is the third player (Carlos Vela/2019, Diego Rossi/2020) in LAFC’s six-year history to win the Golden Boot.
With the tie, LAFC finished third in the Western Conference (14-10-10, 52 points) and will face the sixth-seeded Whitecaps in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
[Photo Gallery Courtesy]: Los Angeles Football Club
Vancouver would equalize the match 1-1 after Ali Ahmend buried a shot past LAFC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau following a cross delivered by Richie Laryea in the 58thminute. Four minutes later Maxime Crépeau made a goal-line save following a deflected header by Brian White.
In his first full-season in Major League Soccer, Dénis Bouanga reigned supreme as the league’s top goal scorer with 20 goals on the season, earning him the 2023 Golden Boot.
Bouanga has now scored 33 goals in all competitions in 2023, the third-highest total in MLS history. Bouanga becomes the first Gabonese international to be awarded the trophy. Bouanga’s goal tally is the second most in club history behind Carlos Vela’s record setting 34 goals in 2019.
[NEWS & NOTES]
LAFC finishes the 2023 MLS Regular Season in second place with a 14-10-10 record (52 points) good for third place in the Western Conference.
Maxime Crépeau made his seventh start for the Black & Gold since returning to the first team on Sept. 16 after suffering a broken leg in the 2022 MLS Cup Final on Nov. 5, 2022. The start marked Crépeau’s 100th career MLS Regular Season appearance.
Dénis Bouanga finished his first full season in MLS at the top of the goal scoring leaderboard with 20 goals in the Regular Season, earning him the MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi.