Where: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Tex.
When: Tuesday, July 3rd, 6 pm PT.
How to Watch: YouTube TV and UniMás 46 in Los Angeles blackout zone; ESPN+ in the rest of the United States.
However, they don’t have much time to rest on their laurels, as they have a game Tuesday night in Texas against a Houston Dynamo team that had a bye on the weekend.
Houston is a very good team at home, and LAFC will have their work cut out for them.
The Dynamo will be looking for a result after they went up 2-0 in their last game but then lost 3-2 to Sporting KC.
Houston are primarily a counterattacking team. They rode this strategy last year, with the production of forwards Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto, and Mauro Manotas to a playoff berth, and a playoff series victory over the Portland Timbers.
Houston hasn’t been quite as impressive this year, but they are still hard to beat at home.
LAFC’s defenders will have to be aware of the counter, especially central defenders Laurent Ciman and Walker Zimmerman, who have been known to try for last ditch tackles high up the field. Miss one of those against Houston, and they can burn you.
LAFC have been good lately, and have not suffered a drop-off during the World Cup, as some feared they might.
This is a short turnaround though, and that combined with the travel, and the Texas heat, will make this a tough game for LAFC.
Don’t be surprised if Benny Feilhaber or Lee Nguyen in particular get some rest, as they are in general older than most of their teammates.
Houston is a tough team to crack defensively but with the presence of Adama Diomande up front, and the great form LAFC’s midfielders are in, they should be able to create some good chances in this game.
Prediction: Houston 2 LAFC 1. LAFC drop a close one to a solid Houston team.
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