Jose Cifuentes is in the XI, Latif Blessing on the bench to start.
NYCFC roll with this XI:
LAFC defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 last week, a game they needed to win after a four-game winless run, and the team admitted spirits were higher in training this week as a result. They’re facing an NYCFC team that is coming off a rough “home” loss, 2-1 to Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena last week. That loss was more bitter because they were leading 1-0 late, but Lucas Zelarayan scored two free kicks, including one in stoppage time, to flip the result.
The only players listed as missing are Kwadwo Opoku (knee surgery) and Erik Dueñas (ankle) for LAFC, while Gedion Zelalem (hamstring) and Heber (knee) are listed as out for NYCFC for this game. I expect a handful of LAFC players will be on loan with Las Vegas Lights on Saturday, but those players will likely be the group that’s been playing on loan and therefore not in contention to play for the first team anyway.
Fun fact: This game has ended 2-2 in the two previous times these sides have played, once in each team’s home. Will that trend hold true, or will there be a winner this time around? I think we haven’t seen NYCFC up close in awhile, they are very different these days, but they’re still a wily team. I expect this one to be pretty tight. We’ll see!
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LAFC are (-129), NYCFC are (+325) and a draw is (+275), so LAFC are again big favorites for this game. I think NYCFC is going to be tougher than you may think, but the bookmakers are confident in LAFC.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between LAFC and NYCFC will be televised nationally on UniMás and TUDN, which you can watch on FuboTV, and streamed on Twitter. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 2 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 2:08.
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