LAFC ring in the changes. Tomas Romero gets his first career start in MLS, making his LAFC debut, while Kim Moon-hwan and Cal Jennings make their first starts for the club. Latif Blessing returns to the XI as well.
The #LAFC Starting XI vs. @FCDallas.— LAFC (@LAFC) June 24, 2021
Tonight's lineup is presented by @Delta. #LAFCvDAL pic.twitter.com/SJ1NZBqZSW
Dallas roll with this group on the night:
Our XI for tonight.#DTID | @MTX_Inc pic.twitter.com/VAAcM2J6qN— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) June 24, 2021
LAFC will not get much time to turn the page from Saturday’s draw against the Houston Dynamo, because they will be in action again on Wednesday when they host FC Dallas at The Banc.
LAFC once again took the lead and once again conceded after that to draw 1-1 with the Dynamo for a second time so far this season, another frustrating result when it looked like a win was there for the taking. They’ll be facing a Dallas side that is also coming off a 1-1 draw at home, in their case against Minnesota United on Saturday. The truth is, both teams feel like they are underperforming at the minute, with Dallas sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference at present but LAFC only two points ahead of them. Believe it or not, this is a six-pointer for both teams.
Diego Palacios remains on international duty for LAFC, while Erik Dueñas (ankle) and Kwadwo Opoku (knee) remain out. Mark-Anthony Kaye is listed as questionable (glute). For FCD, Szabolcs Schön is on international duty, and Matt Hedges (hip) and Beni Redzic (ankle) are out.
Given Dallas’ struggles, this is another game LAFC ought to win, but ought to and will are two different things. Can they finally wake up for the season with this game, or will the malaise continue for the black-and-gold?
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Tuesday afternoon, LAFC are (-250), Dallas are (+650) and a draw is (+370), so LAFC are again huge favorites for this game. The odds seem way skewed to me, but we’ll see what happens.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match between LAFC and FC Dallas will be televised locally on Bally Sports SoCal and Estrella TV, and streamed outside the LA viewing region on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 7:38.