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Seattle Sounders vs LAFC | 2018 MLS Match Preview and Prediction

LAFC face tough MLS debut away at 2017 MLS Cup finalists Seattle Sounders on Sunday evening

Seattle Sounders vs LAFC | Preview

Major League Soccer: Seattle Sounders vs Los Angeles FC

CenturyLink Field – Sunday, March 4th 2018 – 17:00 ET (22:00 GMT)

Seattle Sounders vs LAFC: Preview

Seattle Sounders will welcome Major League Soccer’s newest club to CenturyLink Field on Sunday night, where all eyes will be on expansion side Los Angeles FC. You only get one chance at a first impression and LAFC will want to make their mark against the 2017 MLS Cup runners-up here.

The Sounders are rightly favourites though. They have set the bar for all expansion sides since joining the league in 2009. They have done most things the right way, from incredible and consistent attendances, to developing a play style and an identity in an ever-changing league. They have made the playoffs every year and hold the longest current streak of playoff appearances amongst MLS sides.

Seattle also have the bonus of having two competitive games under the belt. They beat Santa Tecla 5-2 on aggregate in their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 clash. They tore the El Salvadoran side apart in the second-half at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night, winning 4-0. If they are in that mood on Sunday, LAFC will struggle to cope.

Seattle Sounders players celebrate during their 4-0 win over Santa Tecla in the CONCACAF Champions League/Photo: Denise McCooey

This is the moment LAFC have been waiting for. They have a star-studded list of names on and off the field, with the likes of Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi expected to lead them to success in their debut season.

They have the perfect manager for the job too in Bob Bradley. He’s experienced, he knows the league and he knows how to work with an expansion franchise, as he proved only too well with Chicago Fire in 1998. The aim here will be to prove they can cope with an MLS heavyweight and try and get at least a point on the board at the first time of asking.

This is the first ever meeting between the two sides and LAFC’s first-ever MLS game. It’s impossible to predict exactly how the game will pan out but it’s not one you want to miss.

Seattle Sounders vs LAFC: Team News

Seattle Sounders

❌ Suspensions: None

❓ Doubts: Osvaldo Alonso (quad strain), Kelvin Leerdam (ankle), Victor Rodriguez (quad strain)

🚑 Out: Jordan Morris (torn ACL)

(Take a look at all Seattle Sounders’ key transfer business this winter by clicking the image above)

LAFC

❌ Suspensions: None

❓ Doubts: Laurent Ciman (knee), Omar Gaber (groin)

🚑 Out: None

(Take a look at all LAFC’s key signings this winter by clicking the image above)

Seattle Sounders vs LAFC: Key Stats

Seattle Sounders’ MLS form: N/A

LAFC’s MLS form: N/A

Key stat: Seattle Sounders haven’t conceded a goal in their last 525 minutes of MLS action at CenturyLink Field – the longest streak in team history.

Seattle Sounders vs LAFC: Prediction

Seattle Sounders 3-1 LAFC: It’s always difficult for expansion franchises in their opening game, especially when it comes on the road. The players will be excited to get out and show they can deliver what’s expected of them but the fact is Seattle are a very tough opponent. The Sounders really impressed in the second-half against Santa Tecla on Thursday and as long as fatigue doesn’t set in from that game, they should be too strong for the newcomers. Home win.

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About Louis East (1299 Articles)
Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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