Major League Soccer: Los Angeles FC vs Seattle Sounders
Banc of California Stadium – Sunday, April 29 2018 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
LAFC vs Seattle Sounders: Preview
Los Angeles FC are finally set for their first ever home game in Major League Soccer. The expansion side welcome Seattle Sounders to Banc of California Stadium on Sunday night for the first ever game in the brand new stadium.
LAFC have opened the 2018 season with six-straight road games. Their return of four wins from those games is mighty impressive but now they have to try and instantly settle into their new home as they play in front of their own fans for the first time.
"I couldn't stop smiling. It's remarkable."
— LAFC (@LAFC) April 19, 2018
They opened their season against Sunday’s opponents, picking up a historic victory as Diego Rossi struck the only goal in a 1-0 win at CenturyLink Field on opening weekend. Another win here would keep LAFC in second place in the West after a fine start to life in MLS.
The Seattle Sounders took five games but they finally have their first win of the season. They beat Minnesota United 3-1 last Sunday and will be hoping to get revenge over LAFC after that opening day loss in which former Sounder Tyler Miller made an incredible seven saves.
Seattle are still rooted to the bottom of the West as we enter Week 9 but they have played just five games – the fewest in the conference – so have plenty of time to turn things around. Brian Schmetzer does have big decisions to make however, after starting both Clint Dempsey and Magnus Wolff Eikrem on the bench last weekend.
LAFC vs Seattle Sounders: Team News
Los Angeles FC
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Joao Moutinho (left quad strain).
🚑 Out: Luis Lopez (right tibial stress fracture).
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Kim Kee-Hee (right calf strain), Waylon Francis (right hamstring strain), Victor Rodriguez (right knee sprain).
🚑 Out: Jordan Morris (torn ACL), Harry Shipp (ankle sprain).
LAFC vs Seattle Sounders: Key Stats
LAFC’s MLS form: W/L/L/W/W
Seattle Sounders’ MLS form: L/L/L/D/W
Key stat: Seattle Sounders have still yet to keep a clean sheet this season, despite being joint-leaders in clean sheets in 2017.
LAFC vs Seattle Sounders: Prediction
Los Angeles FC 3-1 Seattle Sounders: This one should be special. An incredible atmosphere is expected inside the brand new Banc of California Stadium on Sunday night as LAFC make their home debut. They have shown how dangerous they are in and around the box and should put on a show for their fans. Seattle Sounders got up and running last weekend but ultimately don’t look to be in a position to ruin the party here. Home win.