Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
When: Sunday, May 13th, 5:30 pm PT
How to watch: FS1, Fox Deportes
Los Angeles Football Club got back to winning ways with a nice midweek victory over Minnesota United. They played well overall, and the game featured two new scorers, Eduard Atuesta and Mark-Anthony Kaye.
Kaye’s goal was particularly nice, a volley in the box after Latif Blessing headed the ball into the area.
It’s nice to see LAFC get goals from players who aren’t regular scorers. Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi won’t score every night, so it’s important that LAFC get scoring from all across the field.
This match against NYCFC will arguably be the best team that LAFC have played this year, though Atlanta United are right up there.
Thankfully for the Black-and-Gold, unlike the Atlanta match this game will be at home.
NYCFC may be one of the best teams in the league, but they are coming off their worst game of the season, a 4-0 defeat against their rival New York Red Bulls, a score that fully reflects how dominant Red Bulls were in that game.
Unfortunately for LAFC, they are the next opponent of NYCFC, who will surely look for a bounce-back performance.
Before this season the book on NYCFC was that they build out of the back, they have talent all over the field, but that when David Villa is not playing they struggle to score.
That has not been the case this season, as NYCFC have gotten goals from their many talented attackers: Maxi Moralez, Jesus Medina, Jo Inge Berget, and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. This makes them infinitely more dangerous then when their goal scoring was just “Villa or bust.”
The Red Bulls are arguably the best pressing team in the league, but LAFC can press well when they need to, and this seems to be the best recipe for combating NYCFC. Prevent them from playing the ball out of the back effectively, and starve their talented attackers of service.
If LAFC can accomplish that, they can get a positive result from this game.
Prediction: 3-3 draw. A fun attacking game with goals from both teams’ stars, Carlos Vela and David Villa.
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