Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
When: Sunday, August 19th, 7:00 pm PT
How to Watch: ESPN +, Youtube TV
Los Angeles Football Club got a nice win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. The team played well, and it was nice to see Christian Ramirez get on the scoresheet. Ramirez’s presence will help push Adama Diomande and Marco Ureña, and make sure all the forwards are putting in their best efforts to try and get playing time.
Not much time to dwell on their good win though, as LAFC will now take on the other team in the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry, the Colorado Rapids.
Somehow, this is the first time these two teams have played this year (or ever).
Not much was thought of the Rapids chances this season, and they lived up to that early, having a really poor start to the season. They have been better of late however, going unbeaten in their last three games, and coming back from losing to draw with the LA Galaxy in Carson on Tuesday.
While the playoffs are almost certainly out of reach this year, Colorado has been paying well, and will look to have a good end of the season.
The Rapids have been in the headlines lately after trading for midfielder Kellyn Acosta during the summer transfer window. Acosta was run of the rising stars of the league and of the USMNT.
He has not played as well the past year or so, and Acosta seemed to be caught in the overall malaise of FC Dallas had last year with their collapse. A change of scenery has helped at least so far, as Acosta has scored twice and assisted twice in his first four games with the Rapids.
Colorado are led at the back by Tim Howard in net. Howard is not the player he once was, but is still a solid and highly experienced keeper.
Leading the line at the moment for Colorado is ex-Galaxy man Jack McBean. McBean has been solid for them up front, and while Shkelzen Gashi has not hit the heights he was at a few years ago, he can still be dangerous, especially on set pieces.
Overall, Colorado has shown a lot of fight in recent games, and LAFC must take that seriously.
With a tendency to fall asleep sometimes and blow leads, LAFC have to know that Colorado will fight to the end, and if they aren’t careful, LAFC will get burned.
Prediction: LAFC 3, Colorado Rapids 1. The good times keep rolling at home, as LAFC win rather comfortably. Carlos Vela gets back on the scoresheet.
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