LAFC welcome back Brian Rodriguez to the XI:
Sporting roll with this group:
LAFC have only lost one of their last six games, but the team still seems to be grinding through the gears (aside from Carlos Vela), as they turn their attention to their next challenge, Wednesday’s clash at The Banc against Sporting Kansas City.
LAFC have picked up draws in their last two games, but it was a study in contrasts: The draw against Vancouver two games back was a comeback result that felt pretty good because LAFC fought back for a point, while the tie against Minnesota was a gut punch because they conceded at the death and dropped two points.
Sporting lost their last game, at home against the previously futile FC Dallas, but I would not take them lightly. They’ve had a COVID outbreak recently that’s surely thrown their plans in disarray, but those impacted appear to have not gotten ill. Plus, internationals are back from the Gold Cup and Sporting is always a tough out, home or away.
Kwadwo Opoku (knee), Eddie Segura (knee), and Jesus David Murillo (hamstring) are listed out for LAFC. Cristian Arango (paperwork) is not expected to be available for selection for this game, per Bob Bradley. For Sporting, Felipe Hernandez (personal reasons) is out, while Cameron Duke (hamstring) is listed as questionable.
LAFC will need a retooled backline, which means Sporting could feast, but hopefully the home team can get back in the win column. We’ll find out Wednesday night!
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Tuesday afternoon, LAFC are (-180), Sporting are (+475) and a draw is (+340), so the odds are heavily favoring LAFC. I continue to believe the bookmakers are giving LAFC too much respect, but maybe this will be the game LAFC start rolling.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match between LAFC and Sporting KC will be televised locally on Bally Sports SoCal and Estrella TV and streamed in the rest of the United States on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 7:38.