Where: Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
When: Saturday, April 6, 12:00 pm PT
How to Watch: FOX in the United States - not FS1, Big Fox.
Los Angeles Football Club will hope to bring their soaring form against stiff competition on the road on Saturday, as they travel to the nation’s capital and Audi Field to take on D.C. United, the top team in the Eastern Conference.
LAFC are coming off an absolute obliteration of the San Jose Earthquakes, with Carlos Vela bagging a hat trick in a 5-0 win on the road. This has LAFC sitting at the top of the Western Conference table with 13 points, unbeaten in their first five matches, and the only non-win being a draw with NYCFC. LAFC have quickly established that they are a team to reckon with, but they may have their toughest match yet on Saturday. D.C. United are sitting on top of the East, also undefeated, with 10 points. Their only non-win was, interestingly enough, a draw, on the road, to NYCFC. D.C. is coming off a 2-1 win in Orlando, which you probably already knew, given that Wayne Rooney’s free-kick golazo was all over the internet on Monday.
A road record update for LAFC: they have eight wins, three draws, and nine losses on the road since the start of last season. D.C. United has 14 wins at Audi Field since the stadium opened in July last season, along with one draw and three losses (one of which was a heart-breaking loss in penalties to the Columbus Crew SC in the knockout round of last year’s playoffs). So LAFC marching into DC’s Audi Field fortress is something worth keeping an eye on in this matchup.
The only prior meeting between these two sides was in May last season, where the sides split the points in a 1-1 draw at the Banc of California Stadium. Diego Rossi and Darren Mattocks scored, with Dejan Jakovic being sent off at the end of the first half, and four D.C. United players getting yellow cards. This will be LAFC’s first match at Audi Field, and their first match against Rooney.
Speaking of the Englishman, he is not the only player to keep an eye out for on DC United’s team. Paul Arriola is a U.S. International who is consistently a threat from the wing. Luciano Acosta, who almost moved to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, was an MVP candidate last season. Russell Canouse is one of the best defensive midfielders in the league. And Bill Hamid is a good, if not very good, goalkeeper to try and get past. Suffice to say that LAFC will have their hands full with this heavyweight matchup.
Prediction: D.C. United 2, LAFC 2. This is a must-watch game in the MLS season, between two of the strongest teams in the league. I think both teams could win this game, but I also think both teams are too good to lose. I think this will be a great, back and forth game, and both teams will stay undefeated. Bonus prediction: both MVP front-runners Carlos Vela and Wayne Rooney find the back of the net.
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