Major League Soccer

LAFC clear front-runner at midway point

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The break for the Gold Cup and other international tournaments represents a midway point for Major League Soccer's new condensed schedule.

The league might want to consider chiseling Los Angeles FC into the Supporters' Shield for 2019 during the time off.

The second-year franchise has a six-point lead over Philadelphia and is nine points clear of El Trafico rival LA Galaxy in the race for the overall regular-season title. The black and gold have just one loss in the first 16 games, that coming in a 1-0 setback to Vancouver in mid-April. They also have a plus-26 goal differential; Philadelphia is second-best at plus-11.