Everything as we expect for LAFC, except Diego Rossi is out, so I guess whatever’s ailing him is bigger than expected. That means both Corey Baird and Danny Musovski start, alongside Carlos Vela.
Austin’s first-ever lineup features some players you may have heard of and some you probably haven’t.
Season four is here for LAFC, as they’ll kick off their 2021 MLS regular season campaign with a meeting at Banc of California Stadium Saturday afternoon against expansion team Austin FC.
LAFC are the favorites to be champions this year, and they aren’t shrugging off the pressure, with their eyes on the prize of winning a trophy or two along the way. Their first challenge is the unknown of Austin, under debutant head coach Josh Wolff, so we’ll see what they look like. Obviously the start of every MLS season raises uncertainty, but this one in particular is hard to call, with a brand-new team trying to get a big result out of the gate on the road.
On the injury front, Diego Rossi is listed as questionable, although one figures he’ll play if he can go, and Mohamed Traore is out with a knee injury. On Austin’s side, forward Aaron Schoenfeld (knee) and Ulises Segura (knee) are listed as out.
Kenneth Vermeer is also out for LAFC, the veteran goalkeeper having his contract terminated by mutual agreement on Friday. The timing is rather curious, but the result is that Pablo Sisniega will be the No. 1 in goal for LAFC for the foreseeable future.
A new season is here. Can LAFC keep their streak of wins in the season opener alive? Let’s hope so!
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LAFC are (-230), Austin are (+575) and a draw is (+350), so they think LAFC are overwhelming favorites for this one. Hopefully, but you never know!
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between LAFC and Austin FC will be televised nationally on Fox and Fox Deportes, which you can watch via FuboTV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 3:01.
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