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LAFC vs. Orlando City SC: Match Preview

Can LAFC deal another blow to the reeling Purple Lions?

MLS: Montreal Impact at Orlando City SC Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

When: Saturday, July 7th, 8 pm PT

How to watch: FS1

Los Angeles Football Club look to bounce back after conceding two stoppage time goals and snatching a draw from the jaws of victory against the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday.

It was a tough result after the team had played well, but the nice thing about MLS is, there is always another game around the corner.

LAFC are back home where they are undefeated, and facing an Orlando City team that has disappointed so far this season.

With offseason acquisitions like Sacha Kljestan and Justin Meram, Orlando City were expected to challenge for a high seed in the East playoff race.

Instead they currently sit in 9th place, four points out of a playoff spot, and they recently fired head coach Jason Kreis after a long losing streak.

To be fair to the Lions, they have had a lot of bad luck with injuries, but they should still be doing better than they are with all of the talent that they have.

Still, Orlando can be dangerous with all of that talent, particularly in attack.

Dom Dwyer should be back after a long injury lay-off, and he will look to combine with some combination of Kljestan, Meram, rookie Chris Mueller, and World Cup returnee Yoshi Yotun.

It will be key for LAFC to avoid defensive mistakes, like the one Laurent Ciman made en route to the first Houston goal on Tuesday.

For LAFC, their home form has been very impressive, and they will look to use that to rebound from the draw on Tuesday.

This game was originally going to be a day game, but because of the high temperatures in Southern California this weekend, it was wisely moved to a nighttime kickoff (stay safe and cool, everyone).

Orlando City have not at all been solid in defense this year, and with LAFC’s attack being in red-hot form, they will want to continue that and punish the Lions early and often in this game.

Prediction: LAFC 2, Orlando City 0. Lee Nguyen finally scores for LAFC, and the Black-and-Gold stay undefeated at home.

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