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LAFC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Match Preview

LAFC pushes for a top spot in the west, while Vancouver fights for their playoff lives.

MLS: Sporting KC at Vancouver Whitecaps Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.

When: Sunday, October 21st, 2 pm PT.

How to Watch: Youtube TV, UniMás 46 in Los Angeles viewing region; On ESPN+ in the rest of the United States.

Los Angeles Football Club go into a crucial game for both teams this weekend, squaring off against the Vancouver Whitecaps at home.

LAFC sits 3rd in the West right now, but they are tied on points with Sporting KC (who are ahead on Goal Differential), and only one point behind FC Dallas for top spot of the west.

Getting one of the top two spots in the west would be crucial, because it would mean LAFC get a first-round bye.

On the other side, the Whitecaps are locked in a battle to try and make the playoffs. They are six points out of playoff spot, and with the LA Galaxy also two points ahead of them, this game is a must-win for the Whitecaps.

This Whitecaps team has been inconsistent, leading to the firing of Carl Robinson several weeks back, which is why they are where they are in the table, but they will come at LAFC with everything they have in this game.

Vancouver is coming off of a devastating 4-1 loss to Sporting KC.

Vancouver’s dangermen are the departing Alphonso Davies, who is incredibly skilled at such a young age, as well as Yordy Reyna. Striker Kei Kamara picked up a postgame red card on Wednesday and is suspended.

Vancouver likes to play on the counter, and allow the speed of Davies and Reyna to create opportunities for themselves.

LAFC will likely have a majority of possession in this game, and they will need to watch for these attacks so they don’t get burned.

LAFC won their last game 4-2 against Houston, and they are looking to keep winning in the last parts of the regular season and in to the playoffs.

Carlos Vela seems to be firing on all cylinders again, like he was in the beginning of the season, and if the team can play through him and allow him to create opportunities for himself and for his teammates, the sky is the limit for this team.

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