LAFC are running out of time, but they somehow still have hope of reaching the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2021, only they need to get a win against the Seattle Sounders at The Banc on Tuesday to keep those hopes alive.
LAFC are four games unbeaten, but they dropped a lead on Saturday at Minnesota United to draw 1-1 and arrest the momentum they had been building to really maintain their push for the postseason. They are not out of it yet, but with just three games left in the regular season, they are two points and two places below the playoff line in the Western Conference. They need wins and likely some help from the teams above them to book a playoff ticket.
The Sounders themselves are slumping of late, winless in their last three and most recently losing a contentious game against Sporting Kansas City 2-1. That loss meant their outside hope for the Supporters’ Shield is over for 2021, and now they need to regroup for the playoffs. Clearly they’ve turned it on in the past, but LAFC will look to give them at least one more game of hurt. Given these teams’ history, it’s not going to be easy, however.
Jose Cifuentes is suspended, which is a real blow, considering he’s been the most consistent midfielder this season, but Sounders midfielder Joao Paulo is also suspended, so I guess one of each has been taken off the table for this game. Eduard Atuesta (shoulder/ankle), Francisco Ginella (knee), Eddie Segura (ACL), Erik Dueñas (ACL), Kwadwo Opoku (knee), Julian Gaines (pelvis) and Alvaro Quezada (chest) are all listed out for LAFC, while Carlos Vela is off the injury report altogether. If he plays, it will be as a substitute. For the Sounders, Raul Ruidiaz (hamstring), Jordan Morris (ACL), and Jordy Delem (ACL) are listed out, while Nicolas Lodeiro (knee) and Brad Smith (shoulder) are questionable.
So, can LAFC get the win they really need? Will the season of hurt continue? Something in the middle? It’s a rare Tuesday night clash, we’ll see what happens!
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Monday afternoon, LAFC are (-115), Seattle are (+310) and a draw is (+290), so LAFC are enormous favorites, which is a huge surprise considering waves hands around violently.
How to Watch:
Tuesday’s match between LAFC and the Sounders will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, which you can watch on Fubo TV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to come at 7:38.