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LAFC vs. New England Revolution | 2018 MLS Match Preview

LAFC vs. New England Revolution
2018 MLS Regular Season — Week 29

Banc of California Stadium — Los Angeles
Sept. 15 — 10:30 pm ET


LAFC are seeking a fourth win in the last five games without defeat and an eighth home victory when they host a New England Revolution side that is seeking a second consecutive road victory.

LAFC are back from the international break after a 4-2 win at Toronto FC, while the Revs handed New York City FC their first home loss of the season, winning 1-0 at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday.

Los Angeles Football Club

LAFC (13-7-7) kept pace with FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City by beating Toronto FC, 4-2, at BMO Field on Sept. 1.

Carlos Vela scored the lone goal of the first half and Diego Rossi and Lee Nguyen struck two minutes apart early in the second half to extend the lead to 3-0. Jozy Altidore struck for a late brace to pull TFC to within a goal, but Vela’s second goal of the match put the game away.

“Great win, maybe not our best night of football, but very good mentality, too advantage of some opportunities, I thought we adjusted when they threw more numbers late,” Bob Bradley said. “I would have liked to have done it with a clean sheet, but still proud of the guys.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Eduard Atuesta, D - Walker Zimmerman
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: GK - Quillan Roberts (right fibular fracture), M - Mark-Anthony Kaye (fractured ankle), F - Adama Diomande (left adductor strain), D - Danilo Silva (right hamstring irritation)

Projected Starting XI
(4-3-3, right to left)
GK: Tyler Miller — Steven Beitashour, Dejan Jakovic, Walker Zimmerman, Jordan Harvey — Andre Horta, Eduard Atuesta, Lee Nguyen — Carlos Vela, Marco Urena, Diego Rossi

New England Revolution

An unbeaten streak was snapped at nine games when New England (8-10-9) stunned NYCFC, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday.

After hitting the post in the first half, Brian Wright scored the game’s lone goal in the 70th minute, tapping in the rebound of Cristian Penilla’s saved shot. It was the Revs' second road win of the season.

“It’s fantastic that Brian scored, it’s great that Isaac [Angking] got on the field, but would be even better if we beat LAFC on Saturday,” Brad Friedel said. “That game’s in the past, we’ll learn from what we didn’t do right, we’ll also take on board what we did do right and we’ll move on to the next one, but the next game’s always the most important.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Kelyn Rowe, D - Antonio Delamea
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Chris Tierney (torn right ACL)

Projected Starting XI
(4-3-3, right to left)
GK: Brad Knighton — Andrew Farrell, Jalil Anibaba, Michael Mancienne, Brandon Bye — Kelyn Rowe, Wilfried Zahibo, Scott Caldwell — Diego Fagundez, Brian Wright, Cristian Penilla

All-Time Series

  • This is the first all-time meeting between Los Angeles Football Club and the New England Revolution


Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Mike Rottersman, Apolinar Mariscal
4th Official: Kevin Stott
VAR: Victor Rivas