Where: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Tex.
When: Wednesday, August 8th, 5:30pm PT
How to Watch: USSoccer.com
Los Angeles Football Club are hitting their first real rut of the season. They are winless in four games in the league, and injuries are starting to pile up, with Mark-Anthony Kaye gone for the year, and Adama Diomande having left the last game against the New York Red Bulls.
Thankfully, Dio’s injury does not seem to be too serious, but it’s still a concern.
This will be LAFC’s first away game in the U.S. Open Cup, and they will be going back to a site where they do not have fond memories.
Earlier this year in the league, LAFC were up 2-0 on Houston and seemingly had a road win locked up in stoppage time. A few minutes later, the game was tied up 2-2, LAFC were stunned, and had thrown two points away.
It would be nice for LAFC to avenge that loss by beating the Dynamo in Houston to go to the U.S. Open Cup final.
Houston are coming off a rough result of their own in the league.
They lost 1-0 at home to Sporting KC, and finished with 8 players, having 3 players, and their coach Wilmer Cabrera, sent off.
Unfortunately for LAFC, none of those suspensions will carry over to this game.
For Houston, their main strength continues to be the counterattack, and feeding Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto and Mauro Manotas up front.
For LAFC, it’s pretty simple, can they hold up defensively? They did so for 89 minutes in the league against Houston, but unfortunately that was not enough. Even if Dio is not fit for this game, LAFC have plenty of attacking firepower, and Houston is there for the taking defensively.
So can LAFC keep Houston out of the net enough to get it done? We shall see.
Prediction: LAFC 2, Houston Dynamo 1. LAFC hangs on to advance to the U.S. Open Cup Final. Diego Rossi gets the game-winning goal.
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