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LAFC vs. Sporting Kansas City: Match Preview

LAFC try to shake off their Open Cup defeat and take on another tough opponent.

MLS: Sporting KC at Houston Dynamo John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.

When: Saturday, August 11th, 7:30 pm PT

How to Watch: Youtube TV, UniMás 46 in Los Angeles viewing region; ESPN+ in the rest of the United States


There are a lot of games this month, and Los Angeles Football Club don’t have long to dwell on being knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup on penalties by the Houston Dynamo.

That could be a good thing though, as a win will help take our minds off of the cup disappointment. LAFC could really use a win here because of the dip in their league form, and the cup defeat. Unfortunately they are not facing a bottom table team, but a team in a fight at the top of the Western Conference, in Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting KC were the best team in the league only a few months ago. They themselves though just had a slump, going winless in five before breaking that streak last weekend with a 1-0 win over Houston. Much has been made of Sporting KC’s lack of a productive striker since they traded away Dom Dwyer.

They still don’t have a target striker banging in goals, but the offense has flourished nonetheless, with a combination of attacking players like Diego Rubio, Daniel Salloi, Gerso Fernandes, Johnny Russell, and Felipe Gutierrez. Russell has been the key contributor with great attacking play from the wing. Gutierrez started off the year really well, but has just recently come back from a long injury layoff.

They will be the key dangermen for Sporting KC, though Russell might miss out, he is listed as questionable.

In the Peter Vermes era, Sporting KC have been known as having a stout defense, and an opportunistic attack.

This year, Sporting KC have been a lot less solid defensively, and that is something LAFC should look to exploit.

LAFC are still undefeated at home, and recently added yet more attacking firepower, trading for Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United, and picking up Josh Perez before the deadline as well.

Ramirez put up good goal numbers with Minnesota, and despite being productive and being a fan favorite at the club, he never really got a consistent run of games with Adrian Heath.

Ramirez should gel well with the attacking force that LAFC have, and he might even get on start on Saturday, with the short turnaround time from the game on Wednesday.


Prediction: LAFC 3, Sporting KC 1. LAFC get back to winning ways, punishing a suspect SKC defense at home. Andre Horta gets his first goal for the club.

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