LAFC keep Vela on the bench for the biggest game of the season. We’ll see what happens!
Steven Beitashour and Mark-Anthony Kaye both starting for the Rapids against their old team...
It’s Decision Day, and that will very much live up to the billing for LAFC, who enter the final day of this MLS regular season with their playoff fate not yet settled. A game at the Colorado Rapids on Sunday will help determine if they reach the postseason or not.
LAFC stumbled a bit in their last match, drawing 1-1 at home against another playoff hopeful, the Vancouver Whitecaps, on Tuesday. At the time, it looked bad, but with the likes of the LA Galaxy drawing and Real Salt Lake losing, the draw hasn’t sunk their playoff hopes yet. Still, LAFC need to win against the Rapids if they want to have any hope of reaching the playoffs — anything less will mean they will not reach the postseason for the first time in their history. And yet, even if they win, that won’t guarantee a playoff spot, as they’ll need the Galaxy and RSL to stumble, too.
Meanwhile, the Rapids have been much stronger this season, already clinching their playoff spot and vying for the top seed in the Western Conference. It’s possible they could rotate the lineup, but I doubt it, since they have something to play for and getting a bad loss to end the regular season would probably be more damaging than the possibility of injury. The Rapids have a strong collective, they are not reliant on a superstar.
Eduard Atuesta (shoulder/ankle) remains out for LAFC, as does Eddie Segura (ACL), Francisco Ginella (knee), Erik Dueñas (ACL), Kwadwo Opoku (knee), Julian Gaines (pelvis) and Alvaro Quezada (chest). Keegan Rosenberry is questionable for the Rapids.
So, do or die time for LAFC. In their history, they’ve had a checkered history with knockout games, but hopefully they show up and get the job done...and get some help, to continue their season with new life.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Thursday evening, LAFC are (+215), Colorado are (+125) and a draw is (+265), so LAFC are slight underdogs, although it’s pretty close to a push. Anyway, regardless they gotta win this one.
How to Watch:
Sunday’s match between LAFC and the Rapids will be televised locally on My13 KCOP and Estrella TV, and streamed in the rest of the United States on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 3 pm PT with kickoff to come at 3:25.