Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
When: Wednesday May 9th, 7 pm PT
How to Watch: Youtube TV, UniMás 46 in LA blackout region; ESPN+ in the rest of the U.S.
Los Angeles Football Club are now in the midst of a four-game homestand after their long opening road trip, and this is the first game they have that is a real quick turnaround from the weekend.
LAFC’s offense has cooled off lately, they’ve only scored twice in the last two games, compared to scoring multiple goals in every game except the first Seattle game and the Atlanta United game.
Part of that probably has to do with Marco Ureña being out. Despite his failure to get a goal, Ureña has been really good at providing assists, but also in making dangerous runs and occupying defenders.
Diego Rossi did a decent job in the Ureña role on Saturday, but his best spot is still on the wing.
Integrating Lee Nguyen into the team should hopefully help with that. Nguyen made his debut on Saturday and played 17 minutes.
Nguyen is a great talent and should be able to combine well with LAFC’s other gifted attackers. Now, it’s just about getting him some game time, as he did not play at all with the New England Revolution this year.
Still, LAFC should be able to exploit Minnesota United defensively.
On the other hand, LAFC have been defensively solid in the last few games, holding Seattle scoreless and only giving up one goal against FC Dallas.
Minnesota has been up and down offensively, but they have a really talented attacker now in Darwin Quintero. Miguel Ibarra has also been playing well, and Christian Ramirez can score goals with the best of them.
Minnesota United has times when they give up a lot of goals, but otherwise are very competitive.
With that and the short turnaround, LAFC will be in for a tough game on Wednesday.
Prediction: 1-1. Omar Gaber gets his first goal for LAFC, but they split the points as Darwin Quintero grabs a goal for the Loons.
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