Two players from Los Angeles Football Club will potentially be in action on Wednesday in the Group E and Group F finales at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Carlos Vela and Mexico will look to secure passage to the Round of 16 against Sweden, while Marco Ureña and Costa Rica will aim to end their World Cup on a high note against Switzerland after already being eliminated from the knockout stage.
Given the circumstances, it’s unclear if both LAFC players will play. Mexico may have two wins, and Carlos Vela has been playing well, but even with advancement out of the group not yet secured, some observers wonder if El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio will go back to his “tinkerer” routine that he’s famous for (and which has gained him plenty of criticism). If he does, don’t be surprised if Vela starts on the bench and someone like Giovani dos Santos plays instead.
Ureña, on the other hand, has been starting, but hasn’t scored in the tournament and Oscar Ramirez may opt to give other players a run out in the final game in Russia. Of course, Egypt’s coach didn’t do that in their final group stage game, leaving LAFC’s Omar Gaber without an appearance at the World Cup, but maybe another coach will empty the bench to give the whole squad a chance. We’ll see.
The good news from an LAFC perspective is that the Mexico and Costa Rica games won’t be happening simultaneously, so no need to choose which game you’re going to watch.
How to Watch Mexico vs. Sweden:
The match broadcast is scheduled start at 7 am PT. Kickoff will come right at that time. You can watch the game on Fox, Telemundo, and streaming on Telemundo Deportes and Fox Sports Go in the United States.
How to Watch Switzerland vs. Costa Rica:
The match broadcast is scheduled start at 11 am PT. Kickoff will come right at that time. You can watch the game on FS1, NBC Universo, and streaming on Telemundo Deportes and Fox Sports Go in the United States.
The rest of Wednesday’s World Cup action:
- South Korea vs. Germany: 7 am PT, FS1, NBC Universo, streaming on Telemundo Deportes and Fox Sports Go
- Serbia vs. Brazil: 11 am PT, Fox, Telemundo, streaming on Telemundo Deportes and Fox Sports Go
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