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Carlos Vela, Laurent Ciman will be available for LAFC vs. D.C. United

Two key players will be around for one more game.

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The World Cup is right around the corner, and Los Angeles Football Club has already seen that impact lineups.

Omar Gaber and Marco Ureña have joined their respective World Cup-bound countries, and while Ureña has been out with a broken face all month, their losses are compounded by Walker Zimmerman getting the U.S. Men’s National Team call for their friendly on Monday against Bolivia, as he’s been with the USMNT in Pennsylvania all week.

Those are losses, to be sure, but the good news is that two players, Carlos Vela and Laurent Ciman, will be available on Saturday against D.C. United at Banc of California Stadium.

The news was confirmed by LAFC’s in-house beat writer Vince La Rosa, who reported on Thursday that the duo will depart for their respective national teams on Sunday.

That will come as good news for LAFC, for obvious reasons. Vela has been playing outstanding since arriving in MLS, and is fourth in the league is goals and just outside the top 10 in assists. He has the ability to single-handedly break games open for his team, and he’s done it on several occasions so far this year.

The same can be said of Ciman, who kickstarted a comeback in Montreal and won the first game at The Banc, but his impact is far more influential in other respects. The team captain marshals the backline and he’s started every game this season in defense. Losing him is going to hurt, but with only Dejan Jakovic the other true center back on the roster, the game against D.C. means LAFC don’t have to move rookies Tristan Blackmon or Joao Moutinho into the middle to pair with Jakovic on Saturday.

So, we’ll count this as good news. Now, LAFC need to pick up points to make it count.

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