LAFC seem to have found some form, winning their last two games in a row, and they start a busy week on Wednesday when they take on Austin FC at Q2 Stadium, in what will be the teams’ third meeting of the season.
LAFC are fresh off a 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake, that both was deserved for Bob Bradley’s team on the night, and came with a heaping dose of luck, an RSL own goal for the ages handing them the victory. Still, Cristian Arango continues his good run of form and hopefully he can keep that going in this game as well, fresh off an MLS Player of the Week award.
Austin have lost three straight, most recently a 3-0 spanking against the Houston Dynamo, and they sit at the bottom of the Western Conference. Early in their debut season, they looked like a team that might be able to figure things out this year. But that has largely not come to pass so far.
Sebastien Ibeagha (yellow card suspension) is out, which is a shame because he had a strong game overall last time out. Joining him on the sideline is the injured list: Carlos Vela (quad), Eddie Segura (ACL), Erik Dueñas (ACL), Tristan Blackmon (adductor), Julian Gaines (pelvis), Kwadwo Opoku (knee), Alvaro Quezada (chest) and Pablo Sisniega (nose). New goalkeeper Jamal Blackman is not available yet per COVID protocols, and LAFC expect to have a league pool goalkeeper backing up Tomas Romero for this one. In addition, Eduard Atuesta (ankle) is listed out, although Bob Bradley told reporters during media availability on Tuesday he was a maybe for this game. Sounds likely he’ll be out but we’ll see when lineups come out.
For Austin, Matt Besler (concussion), Ben Sweat (ACL), Ulises Segura (knee), Aaron Schoenfeld (knee), and Danny Hoesen (hip) are all listed out.
LAFC won the first two meetings between these teams 2-0, once at each venue. Can they sweep the season series? Sure would do LAFC’s playoff hopes a world of good, hope they can make it a true winning streak.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Tuesday afternoon, LAFC are (+140), Austin are (+185) and a draw is (+270), so this one is pretty close to a toss-up.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match between LAFC and Austin FC 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 6 pm PT with kickoff to come at 6:08.