Los Angeles Football Club will mark yet another milestone in their inaugural season on Tuesday night, as they play their first midseason friendly against foreign opposition. This one is a particularly intriguing match-up, as Bundesliga powerhouse Borussia Dortmund are in town, playing a postseason friendly before the current squad scatters for international duty and summer vacations.
Truthfully, it’s a time of transition for Dortmund, who have just hired Swiss manager Lucien Favre as their next head coach, replacing Peter Stöger, who in turn replaced Peter Bosz midseason.
Dortmund had a tough season by their lofty standards, finishing fourth in the Bundesliga, guaranteed Champions League play next season but only just, beating Bayer Leverkusen to fourth place on goal difference. Yes, they have some exciting players, including American star Christian Pulisic, no doubt a motivating factor in coming to the U.S., but the team’s play this season was inconsistent and often out of joint. I’m assuming Favre won’t be with them for this game, so they will likely just look to get the game out of their system and head out on break.
For LAFC, this is a good opportunity to showcase themselves and Banc of California Stadium to a wider audience. They are coming off their first loss in over two months, and may have already lost their quintet of potentially World Cup-bound players to respective training camps. Amid a busy stretch of competitive games over the next few weeks, they will look to put on a good show, but to also escape from the friendly with no injuries and with a solid performance.
Expect to see many players on both sides play in this one, and especially reserves. LAFC’s own site says Bob Bradley will be playing his full roster for this game, so expect to see players you forgot were on the roster get involved in the game. And who knows, maybe one or two of these players will show they deserve time in the league and Open Cup games coming up.
How to Watch LAFC vs. Borussia Dortmund:
The match broadcast is scheduled start at 7 PT. You can watch it on FS1 or Univision Deportes anywhere in the United States.
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