The Black and Gold are unbeaten in their last two matches since the international break, while the Wizards remain in second place in the Western Conference after a comprehensive 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.
Kansas City got their campaign back on track with an impressive showing against a top-class side in Colorado, to move back to within four points of the Seattle Sounders for the best record in the league.
They were strong in virtually every category on Wednesday, scoring on 50% of their targeted efforts (three goals on six shots), with some strong movement on the ball that created multiple high scoring chances.
Peter Vermes has built a solid foundation for this team, who are just as savvy off the ball as they are on the ball and they rarely give the ball away in dangerous areas, as is evidenced by the fact that they have limited their last three opponents to three shots or fewer on target.
Vermes knows that his side will need to maintain their sharpness as the season rolls along, particularly against an LAFC team who scored five times in the last meeting versus the Wizards in 2019, a match in which KC lost 5-1.
Two years on from that drubbing, this match up on Saturday could be a big test for the psyche of this squad, who face a tough stretch with matches against the LA Galaxy and the Sounders next month.
It has been an up and down 2021 for LAFC so far, with three wins, three defeats and three draws as they are currently tied with Real Salt Lake for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, though they are on the outside because of goal difference.
Their match on Wednesday was definitely a high point, as they had perhaps their most complete performance of the year, scoring early and never looking back in a dominant showing against albeit a poor Dallas side who are dead last in the Western Conference.
Following the international break, Bob Bradley has seen his side be strong defensively, allowing only three shots on target in their last two games.
The next test for this team will be finding a way to win on the road, which they have yet to do this season, losing twice and drawing once away from Banc of California Stadium.
The results so far in 2021 have not always gone their way, but Bradley knows that his side are capable of stringing together unbeaten runs, winning five in a row last season and putting together unbeaten streaks of seven, eight and six games respectively in 2019.
An unbeaten run like that would seriously improve their standing in the Western Conference, as three of their next four matches are against teams slightly above them in the table (twice against Real Salt Lake and once versus the Portland Timbers).
Midfielder Felipe Hernandez scored his first goal of the season, becoming the seventh different KC player to find the back of the net in 2021.
Los Angeles will be without defender Diego Palacios who is representing Ecuador at the Copa America, while his teammate, striker Brian Rodriguez, is with the Uruguayan national team in that competition.
Their top scorer Diego Rossi has now gone goalless in three consecutive matches, while backup goalkeeper Tomas Romero only had to make one stop for his first career clean sheet in his first MLS start.
Rossi and Vela each had a goal and an assist the last time they faced KC back in 2019, when LAFC trounced the Wizards 5-1 at Children's Mercy Park.
Sporting Kansas City possible starting lineup:
Melia; Lindsey, Dia, Fontas, Martins; Duke, Busio, Hernandez; Pulido, Shelton, Salloi
Los Angeles FC possible starting lineup:
Sisniega; Kim, Murillo, Segura, Blackmon; Blessing, Atuesta, Cifuentes; Vela, Baird, Rossi
We say: Sporting Kansas City 2-2 Los Angeles FC
These sides have only faced each other four times in the regular season, with each team scoring at least once in all but one of those encounters.
These are two evenly matched teams with a strong attacking presence, but KC have conceded in five straight matches, while LA have given up at least a goal in three of their last four encounters.