LAFC are five games winless, most recently losing two games last week, spirits sagging and the team struggling. The loss of Eddie Segura for the season is a blow, but the team can’t throw in the towel, there’s still about half the games left to go. Hopefully they can pick things up here.
Is it the worst or best time to face Atlanta? They’ve been worse than LAFC this season, believe it or not, on 18 points through 18 games and they’ve already fired Gabriel Heinze as head coach after about a third of the season. This team is far away from the title-winning best.
Still, beware an easy game for the black-and-gold here. Gonzalo Pineda was hired as head coach this week, and while I’ve seen some mixed reports if he can be on the sideline for this game, at the very least I expect Atlanta United players to pick their effort up because they are in a job interview for their future, essentially. They’ll want to impress for the new boss.
Eddie Segura (knee), Kwadwo Opoku (knee) and Erik Dueñas (knee) are all out for this game, while Kim Moon-hwan (hamstring) and Jose Cifuentes (hamstring) are both questionable according to LAFC. For Atlanta, Emerson Hyndman (knee) and Mo Adams (quad) are out, while Jake Mulraney, Brooks Lennon, Franco Ibarra and Luiz Araujo are all listed as questionable.
I truly have no idea if it will end 5-4, 5-1, 0-0 or anything else in one direction or the other. These are two sleeping giants, in a sense, and we’ll see what this iteration of each team brings, but I have to think LAFC need to step it up and fight for a result, even if it’s on the road in a tough venue. We’ll see what happens.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Saturday afternoon, LAFC are (+145), Atlanta are (+180) and a draw is (+265), so the odds are pretty even for this one. I have to agree with the bookmaker, it feels like a big toss-up.
How to Watch:
Sunday’s match between LAFC and Atlanta United will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, which you can watch on Fubo TV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 1 pm PT with kickoff to come promptly at 1.