Now eight games winless, albeit with a spirited rivalry draw the last game, and the team’s top scorer sold abroad this week, LAFC will look to make this the turning point in their season, when they host Sporting Kansas City on Friday evening at The Banc.
It’s been an eventful week for the black-and-gold, coming off hosting the MLS All-Star Game with a big El Trafico game, that was a vintage LAFC performance — in ways good and bad. Then, Diego Rossi departed the club to Fenerbahçe this week and LAFC will now face a team that’s beat them twice already this season, minus their two top scorers this year.
I think Sporting are a legitimately good team, and they’re battling for first in the Western Conference with the Seattle Sounders, and I think they’re legit title contenders. They are on a six-game unbeaten run, albeit drawing their last three, most recently a 1-1 stalemate against the Colorado Rapids.
LAFC’s unavailable list is as long as it’s been this season. On the injured docket, all out, is Carlos Vela (quad), Tristan Blackmon (adductor), Eddie Segura (ACL), Kwadwo Opoku (knee), Erik Dueñas (ACL), Julian Gaines (pelvis), and Alvaro Quezada (chest). Then, several players are out on international duty: Jose Cifuentes (Ecuador), Diego Palacios (Ecuador), Brian Rodriguez (Uruguay), Kim Moon-hwan (South Korea), Tony Leone (Mexico U-20), and Christian Torres (Mexico U-20). Obviously Rossi (loan) is in Turkey and will not be with LAFC for the rest of the season, likely never again.
For Kansas City, Jaylin Lindsey (hamstring) and Felipe Hernandez (personal reasons) are out on the domestic front, while Gadi Kinda (Israel) and Daniel Salloi (Hungary) are on international duty.
So, will this be the game we see a win for LAFC? Or will it be more of the same? Why do I ask this every single game? Because that’s why you play the games! Hopefully it’s a good one.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Thursday afternoon, LAFC are (-110), Sporting are (+280) and a draw is (+285), so the odds continue to favor LAFC, even in spite of all recent evidence. Maybe the bookmakers are big on advanced stats.
How to Watch:
Friday’s match between LAFC and Sporting KC will be televised nationally on UniMás and TUDN, which you can watch on Fubo TV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 pm PT with kickoff to come at 7:08.