Los Angeles Football Club will look to string together their fourth consecutive win and extend their lead in the Western Conference Friday, as they travel to Commerce City to take on the Colorado Rapids. LAFC are coming off a 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, while the Rapids are returning from a road trip to Vancouver with just one point after a 2-2 draw.
LAFC, who are 12-5-10 in all competitions on the road since the start of last season and 5-3-1 this season on the road, sit in first place in the Western Conference with 37 points. Colorado, meanwhile, is having a different sort of season: the Rapids sit in last place in the West with 16 points through 17 matches, second-lowest in the league only to expansion side FC Cincinnati. Colorado has almost as many goals against (36) as LAFC do points this season (37) or goals for (39). The Rapids, who fired Anthony Hudson in May, have nine wins, five draws, and 13 losses at home since the start of last season, going 3-2-4 in Commerce City this season.
Speaking of Anthony Hudson, after relieving him of his duties days after he called the roster “a bottom group of players” Colorado put together a decent last half of May. The team pulled out four wins and one draw from May 19th through June 8th, including wins over the LA Galaxy and Minnesota United, and a draw with the Philadelphia Union. Since then, Colorado has lost to New Mexico United in penalties in the U.S. Open Cup, and drawn on the road in Vancouver.
LAFC are still missing a couple pieces due to the Gold Cup, with Mark-Anthony Kaye representing Canada and Tyler Miller and Walker Zimmerman still with the USMNT as they advance to the knockout rounds. They now also will be without Danilo Silva, who will miss the game with hamstring soreness.
The two teams played twice last season, with LAFC winning both matchups. Their first was a 2-0 win in August in Los Angeles, with goals from Lee Nguyen and Danilo Silva. The next was a 3-0 win in Colorado in October, with Walker Zimmerman and Adama Diomande getting on the scoresheet.
Prediction: Colorado Rapids 0, LAFC 4. I think despite some absences, this will be a straight-forward win for LAFC, and could get out of hand quickly for Colorado. LAFC just has a better roster, a better manager, and better form. It would be a surprise result if all three points did not go to the Black-and-Gold.
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