Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California
When: Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 pm PT
How to Watch: YouTube TV and KVMD in the LA viewing area, and ESPN+ in the rest of the United States.
LAFC are on a five-game winless run, by far their longest such streak of the season, although they’ve drawn four of those games. But with a mere win all that’s necessary to clinch the Supporters’ Shield, there’s more motivation to get a win than ever.
The Dynamo, meanwhile, have gone through major ups and downs. Since starting the season with Concacaf Champions League play and getting off to a hot start, they had a long decline through the middle of the season, until Wilmer Cabrera was fired a little over a month ago, their playoff prospects basically dashed.
Under interim head coach Davy Arnaud, Houston has improved some, with a 2-3-1 record, including a comeback win over the weekend against Orlando City. And there are dangerous players on the roster, most notably Alberth Elis and Mauro Manotas.
But LAFC, using a heavily rotated squad on less than 48 hours rest, beat the Dynamo on the road earlier this season. With a nearly full-strength squad available (Adama Diomande, who scored a brace in that win over Houston, is likely to still be out), LAFC will be favorites. And with the pressure on them to get a win, it’s crunch time in a sense, good practice for the playoff games coming up soon.
LAFC are 11-1-3 at The Banc in league play this season, while the Dynamo are 2-13-0 away from home. The black-and-gold have built some room to coast but this is time for three points, then the rejoicing can begin in earnest.
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