Vela starts! So does Diego Palacios, but I think Vela’s the headliner coming in.
Colorado play a pretty characteristic group in this one.
The black-and-gold lost a road game against the Seattle Sounders last weekend, 2-0. LAFC’s attack continued to sputter, which is the overriding concern for the club at the moment. Carlos Vela did come off the bench, however, and there’s an expectation he’ll play more minutes against the Rapids, perhaps off the bench, perhaps from the start of the game.
They’re facing a Rapids team in a real rhythm at the moment, winners of three straight games and perfect for the month so far, most recently handily dispatching the Houston Dynamo 3-1 at home last weekend. The Rapids don’t have any marquee stars but they have a handful of veterans to shepherd a generation of promising youngsters, and under Robin Fraser they seem to be building some cohesion as a group. Needless to say, these Rapids won’t just lie down for LAFC.
Erik Dueñas (ankle) remains out for LAFC, as does Kwadwo Opoku (knee). Only former LAFC man Steven Beitashour is listed out for the Rapids for this game.
We’re still in May, so technically we’re not at “must-win territory” yet, I suppose, but LAFC are in last place in the Western Conference and that’s not a spot they can get comfortable being in or around. They really do need a result of some kind, but a victory here would do them a world of good and arrest any concerns that this team has hit a wall this year. If LAFC can get back in the scoring column and continue to take care of business in defense, they have every shot of getting a needed win here.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LAFC are (-155), the Rapids are (+410) and a draw is (+280), so LAFC are massive favorites for this game, which I don’t think totally reflects reality right now. Who knows, maybe the bookmakers can will this team to get back on track.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between LAFC and the Rapids will be televised locally on My13 KCOP and Estrella TV in the Los Angeles viewing region, and streamed in the rest of the country on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 7:38.
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