Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders will be facing off in the Western Conference championship as both teams overcame their respective opponents in the semi-final round.
Seattle Sounders beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 thanks to goals by Gustav Svensson and Nicolas Lodeiro. Whereas, the much-anticipated game between LAFC and LA Galaxy was a goal fest with LAFC turning out to be the winners by 5-3. Carlos Vela and Adama Diomande scored two goals each, while Diego Rossi also chipped in on the scoresheet.
One has to that both these teams deserved to be in the finals as both finished at first and second position in terms of points in the Western Conference. LAFC with 72 wins finished at third, whereas, Seattle Sounders came in second with 56 points. LAFC might be considered the favourites for the upcoming game but the pressure of the final could get the better of any team on a given day.
Date- Wednesday, October 30 | Kick-Off- 7:30 AM (IST) | Venue- Banc of California Stadium
Los Angeles FC
Javi Perez, Josh Perez and Danilo Silva will remain on the sidelines due to injury. Rodolfo Zelaya and Mark-Anthony Kaye are also in doubts to start up against Seattle Sounders. Other than that Bob Bradly should go with minimal changes. Miller is expected to guard the goal, while Harvey, Segura, Zimmerman and Blackmoon could form the defence. Blessing, Atuesta and Nguyen should accommodate the midfield. Diego Rossi, Rodriguez and Carlos Vela would be in charge of the attack.
Seattle Sounders FC
Will Bruin remains the only absentee for the manager, Brian Schemetzer. Other than that a similar shape and side could be selected for the big game. Frei will be in guard of goal, while Leerdam, Torres, Kee-hee and Smith constitute the back four. Svensson and Roldan can play in as the two holding midfielders. Jones, Lodeiro and Morris should feature as a creative setup for Ruidiaz who plays uptop.
LAFC- Miller; Blackmoon, Zimmerman, Segura, Harvey; Nguyen, Atuesta, Blessing; Rodriguez, Rossi, Vela
Seattle Sounders FC- Frei; Smith, Kee-hee, Torres, Leerdam; Roldan, Svensson; Jones, Lodeiro, Morris; Ruidiaz
In the last four meetings between the two sides, it’s LAFC who has had the upper hand with three wins in contrast to Seattle’s zero wins. One game has ended in level terms during that period.
LAFC is undefeated in 17 of its last 18 home games in the MLS.
Carlos Vela has to be labelled as the most valuable player in the Major League Soccer this season. Vela has been instrumental to say the least and has bagged 36 goals in 32 games. The cherry on top is the 11 assists which he has also registered for LAFC this season.
Carlos Vela’s Mexican counterpart, Raul Ruidiaz has impressed from Seattle Sounders perspective. Ruidiaz has scored 12 and has made four assists in 24 appearances this season.
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