Where: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas.
When: Sunday, May 18, 4:30 pm PT
How to Watch: YouTube TV, UniMas 46 in Los Angeles viewing area; ESPN+ in the rest of the United States.
Fresh off their 2-0 win over FC Dallas at Banc of California Stadium on Thursday, Los Angeles Football Club will look to continue their winning ways on Sunday, as they travel to Texas to take on... FC Dallas.
In another MLS scheduling quirk, LAFC plays Dallas for the second time in four days. This is not the first time this has happened to LAFC this season, as they played Seattle Sounders twice in the span of a week in April. This back-to-back scheduling could have been framed as good preparation for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but this is the first year of MLS moving to single-legged playoff matches.
Digression aside, LAFC have now won two straight matches after two consecutive draws. Now that LAFC have put together another win streak, they will look to keep it going against an opponent whom they just topped at home. LAFC sit in first place in the West, with 30 points, five clear of Seattle’s 25, with just one loss on the season. FC Dallas, meanwhile, is sitting in fifth, with 17 points. Dallas has lost their last three matches, and is winless in their last four.
LAFC’s road record, since the start of last season, gives about a coin’s flip of an indication of what the match might be: the Black-and-Gold are 10-4-10 away from home. Meanwhile, FC Dallas are 13-7-1 at home. One of those wins was a 2-1 victory over LAFC last season in early June, with goals from Reto Ziegler and Roland Lamah surpassing one strike from Adama Diomande. The two sides also met last May, with the teams sharing the points in Los Angeles in a 1-1 draw, thanks to goals from Steven Beitashour and Maxi Urruti.
Coming off their big win at home against FC Dallas, LAFC will look to keep the ball rolling and rack up three more points. Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, and Mark-Anthony Kaye had great games on Thursday, and LAFC should be on track for another win on Sunday.
Prediction: FC Dallas 0, LAFC 2. Expect LAFC to get three more points, but these back-to-back fixtures are always tricky. Dallas literally just saw what LAFC had planned for them for 90 minutes, and will try their best to get a different result. I think Dallas will try a different approach, but LAFC will be able to break them down and get another win.
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