In what has been a bit rare as of late, LAFC are back in MLS Regular season action, but still on the road as they look to keep pace at the top of the Western Conference. Despite only recently losing for the first time this year in the MLS, the black & gold sit in third place, but only two points off the top. The squad will be looking to bounce back from the loss, and avoid making it a habit as they travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake.
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Today’s match will be just the second MLS match in the last five for LAFC, but such is life for the defending champions who want even more silverware glittering in their cabinets. Their most recent MLS endeavor resulted in their first league loss of the season, falling 2-1. For the home side RSL, they too most recently enjoyed a U.S. Open Cup win, but have played to two scoreless draws in their latest MLS action.
LAFC Head Coach Steve Cherundolo knows it won’t be easy on the road, and he knows that one of the keys to getting the result, is the defense. Speaking to media ahead of the match he said “It will be a difficult game as it always is in Salt Lake. It’s a tough team to beat, but also, a team we can beat. We’re going to need the same defensive output we had last year, Saturday, to get a point, or possibly three.”
LAFC: OUT – Maxime Crepeau (left leg), Tony Leone (right leg), Giorgio Chiellini (lower extremity), Jesus Murillo (lower extremity), QUEST. – Julian Gaines (lower extremity)
Real Salt Lake: OUT – Zach Farnsworth (thigh), QUEST. – Erik Holt (shoulder), Jasper Loffelsend (ankle), Marcelo Silva (back), PROB. – Bode Hidalgo (hamstring), Anderson Julio (hamstring).
How to Watch
The match is set to kickoff at 6:30pm PT, from America First Field. The match will be broadcast free on MLS Season Pass on AppleTV. Radio broadcasts are available in both English and Spanish, on ESPN LA 710 AM | 980 AM La Mera Mera, respectively.