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LAFC vs. FC Cincinnati: Match Preview

LAFC hosts the newest upstart expansion side in MLS.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California

When: Saturday, April 13, 7:30 pm PT

How to Watch: YouTubeTV, KVMD in Los Angeles viewing area; ESPN+ in the rest of the United States.

Los Angeles Football Club, coming off their dominant 4-0 win over D.C. United this past weekend, return home to the Banc of California Stadium to host the newest member of Major League Soccer, Eastern Conference foes FC Cincinnati.

LAFC are coming back from an attention-grabbing 4-0 win in the nation’s capital. With that win, LAFC remain on top of the Western Conference table, with 16 points in six matches. This keeps LAFC unbeaten as well, with the only result that is not a win on the road to a struggling NYCFC. On the other side, FC Cincy is going through their own expansion season, with eight points through six matches. FC Cincy has two draws, two losses, and two wins, having given up and scored eight goals each. The newest members of MLS have an interesting string of results, with wins against Portland and New England, draws to Sporting KC and Atlanta, and losses to Philly and Seattle.

The Black-and-Gold, as always, will be happy to return home from their road trip, as they have 15 wins, seven draws, and two losses in all competitions since the start of last season. FC Cincinnati, meanwhile, have not a lot of MLS history to go off of. With just six matches played, FC Cincy has gone on the road three times. One of those was their first MLS match, in Seattle, which was an ugly 4-1 loss. The next was a shocking 1-1 draw in Atlanta, and the most recent was a 2-0 win in New England. Which you can read as: a loss against a very good team, a draw against a surprisingly not good team, and a win against an unsurprisingly not good team. Safe to say, they might not be thrilled with the prospect of going to The Banc.

Cincinnati has a roster featuring some interestingly familiar names: Darren Mattocks, Kenny Saief, and captain Kendall Waston are all crucial pieces of this team. Cincy will not be fans, however, of Carlos Vela’s recent success, as he looks to be MVP front-runner and a league-leading seven goals. Right behind him in the goal column is Diego Rossi with six, and LAFC have scored the most goals in MLS history through six games with 19.

Prediction: LAFC 4, FC Cincinnati 0. LAFC will simply be too much for FC Cincy to handle in this one. LAFC have the league’s best player, Carlos Vela, who is performing at an alarmingly high level. Diego Rossi is no slouch either, and Christian Ramirez will fill the hole left by Adama Diomande’s injury. All together, LAFC is just going to overrun Cincy, and you can look for a similar match to the Sounders game against FCC.

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