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LAFC vs D.C. United: Match Preview

Can LAFC bounceback against D.C.?

MLS: D.C. United at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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

When: Saturday, May 26th, 7:00pm PT

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

Los Angeles Football Club had a good unbeaten streak, but unfortunately that was foiled by the Portland Timbers last weekend, when Portland won a close hard-fought match, 2-1. LAFC then had a friendly this week with Borussia Dortmund that finished 1-1, a fun but fairly uneventful match.

LAFC are coming back home now, and will look to grab as many points as they can before the full World Cup contingent heads to Russia.

They square off against D.C. United, their first match against ever against D.C., one of the MLS originals.

D.C. United have been in the news lately, as they look set to be signing Wayne Rooney soon.

Fortunately for LAFC, there’s almost no chance of Rooney signing before the weekend, and no chance he’ll be available for the game (the secondary transfer window opens on July 10).

D.C. United did have a good week on the field last time out, beating a struggling San Jose Earthquakes team 3-1 in San Jose. D.C. will hope the California Love continues against LAFC

United have good attacking players, Yamil Asad, Luciano Acosta, Darren Mattocks, etc. They haven’t put together a great attacking performance on display so far, but they were ruthless against San Jose.

A lot of that was on the Earthquakes though, as San Jose continued to give away the ball in dangerous positions, and D.C. United punished them for it.

If LAFC can avoid careless giveaways, they should be able to limit the damage D.C. United can do.

On the other end, LAFC should be able to exploit D.C. United. Carlos Vela is still performing very well, Latif Blessing is doing well occupying defenders, and Lee Nguyen continues to find his footing with the team.

In the second half of their game against San Jose, D.C. United gave up a lot of good chances, but a combination of bad luck and poor finishing prevented San Jose from getting a result. With LAFC’s talent and pace, they should be able to exploit D.C. United’s defense.

Prediction: LAFC 3, D.C. United 1. LAFC puts up a good performance and gets a nice win at home. Carlos Vela continues to amaze, with a goal and an assist in the game.

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