Where: Yankee Stadium, New York City
When: Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm PT
How to Watch: FS1, Fox Deportes in the United States.
Los Angeles Football Club has gotten off to a blazing start to the season, with victories over Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers at home. Now, it’s time for LAFC’s first road test, which takes them to the Bronx for a matchup with NYCFC.
LAFC followed up their stoppage-time 2-1 victory against SKC with a demolition of the Timbers, winning 4-1 with goals from Mark-Anthony Kaye, Christian Ramirez, Adama Diomande, and Carlos Vela. NYCFC, on the other hand, has had a bit of a stutter to start the season, with Dome Torrent’s men pulling off draws in both of their opening matches: blowing a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in Orlando, and holding D.C. United scoreless in New York.
While NYCFC are surely a talented side, they have a different look from last year, the elephant in the room being the departure of Designated Player David Villa. NYCFC also have their own friendly confines to fall back on, having 13 wins, five draws, and two losses at Yankee Stadium since the start of last season, including their playoff loss to Atlanta United. LAFC, meanwhile, have seven wins, two draws, and nine losses on the road.
Last time these two teams met was May 2018, where NYCFC came to Banc of California Stadium and earned a 2-2 draw, with goals from David Villa and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. Since then, Villa has left the club, as has then-manager Patrick Vieira. For LAFC, Carlos Vela bagged the goal that secured a point, and NYCFC’s Sebastien Ibeagha has an own goal.
While NYCFC may look different than last year, they still have talent available. Keep an eye out for Alexander Ring and Jesus Medina in the midfield, and other pieces like Maxi Moralez, Ben Sweat, and new arrival Keaton Parks.
Prediction: NYCFC 1, LAFC 3. LAFC, led by Carlos Vela, is on fire to start the season. This match will start a bit cagey, as LAFC have never had the pleasure of playing at Yankee Stadium before, and will have to adjust to the smaller pitch. Once LAFC finds a rhythm, however, they will secure three more points.
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