LAFC bring in Marco Farfan for his debut, while Jose Cifuentes gets his first start and no Carlos Vela or Diego Rossi in the squad at all.
Seattle roll with the XI they had last week in their opener.
LAFC beat expansion entrants Austin FC 2-0 in the season opener, but they had to work for it. Corey Baird scored the winner in his debut for the club, before a late insurance tally from substitute Jose Cifuentes sealed the win.
But they’ll face a Sounders side with an impressive 4-0 win to beat Minnesota United in Week 1. They really wore the Loons down in the 2nd half, with João Paulo, Raul Ruidiaz (x2) and Fredy Montero scoring in the victory. They’re making some adjustments this season but I expect they’re going to look pretty sharp in Los Angeles.
And then there’s a bunch of players out for this one. Tristan Blackmon is out, so there will be one new starter, and the top four forwards on the depth chart — Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, Danny Musovski and Corey Baird — all listed as questionable for LAFC. I expect at least some of them to miss the game. Meanwhile, Nicolas Lodeiro is listed as questionable but probably won’t feature, and Montero is also questionable for the Sounders.
I think even with the absences, this will be a good match for these teams. It won’t be easy, but I think the intensity will ratchet up and this will provide a good early-season test for both teams. Bring it on!
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LAFC are (-122), Seattle are (+290) and a draw is (+285), so LAFC are pretty lopsided favorites, which, I don’t know about that! I think this one will be pretty close.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between LAFC and the Seattle Sounders will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, which you can watch via FuboTV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 3 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 3:08.
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