The first meeting between New York City FC and expansion Los Angeles FC on Sunday at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles will feature more than the teams with two of the longest acronyms in MLS.
It will be between the teams that entered the weekend in second place in their respective conferences.
NYCFC (6-2-2) is behind only Atlanta United FC in the Eastern Conference, while LAFC (6-2-1) trails just Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference.
NYCFC will attempt to rebound from a 4-0 road loss last week to the New York Red Bulls. NYCFC is 2-2-2 in away matches.