Marco Farfan starts at left back, as expected, with Diego Palacios on international duty. Jose Cifuentes also starts in midfield for LAFC.
Tyler Pasher, who scored in the first meeting between these teams this season, is back in the lineup for Houston:
LAFC are not off to a good start this season by their lofty standards, but the bulk of the season remains ahead of them and they’ll look to get started on the right foot in the first game in which The Banc can have full capacity, with the team looking to get a lift from the full crowd.
These teams have played once this season, of course, drawing 1-1 last month in Houston. Carlos Vela was out of that game, and Diego Rossi was just returning from injury, so the hope is the top two stars will be back in form and pushing LAFC to score buckets of goals again.
Honestly, if they can do that, then that should fix much of what’s ailing LAFC, but the bottom line is they need wins, one way or another. The Dynamo have yet to beat LAFC in MLS play, but you know, that’s tempting fate a bit, too, since streaks like that will end at some point. I don’t think the Dynamo should be taken lightly, but also LAFC need to win games like this, frankly.
Diego Palacios is out because he’s at the Copa América, and LAFC’s injury report only includes three youngsters: Kwadwo Opoku (knee), Erik Dueñas (ankle) and Tony Leone (adductor) are all out. For Houston, nobody is listed as unavailable heading into the game.
So, expectations are high for this game. Can LAFC come through with three points? We’ll find out Saturday night.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LAFC are (-265), Houston are (+700) and a draw is (+360), so LAFC are enormous favorites for this game. I would not discount the Dynamo that much, personally, but it would be nice if LAFC post a lopsided win.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between LAFC and Houston 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 8 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 8:08.