2019-07-26-LAFC-ATL

Los Angeles Football Club vs. Atlanta United | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 21
Los Angeles Football Club vs. Atlanta United
Banc of California Stadium - Bronx
July 26 - 10:00 PM ET

TV: ESPN, TSN2

STREAMING: WatchESPN

The reigning MLS Golden Boot winner takes on the current league leader in goals as Josef Martinez and Atlanta United visit Carlos Vela and LAFC Friday night at Banc of California Stadium. 

LAFC (14-3-4) look to rebound from a 3-2 El Trafico loss to the LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Complex in Carson last Friday. Vela struck for a brace, including the opening goal just four minutes after kickoff. He scored his second deep in second-half stoppage time, his 21st of the season, but that came after a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat trick.     

Atlanta United (11-8-3) cruised through a double-game week, following a 5-0 romp of 10-man Houston with a 2-0 victory over D.C. United to move within three points of Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia. Pity Martinez broke the scoreless stalemate with the 89th minute winner and Josef followed with his 16th goal of the season in stoppage time, his 11th goal in his last seven starts. 

LAFC
LAFC vs. Atlanta

Friday, July 26 at 10:00 PM ET
Banc of California Stadium

Atlanta

Los Angeles Football Club

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Javier Perez (M) - left ACL tear
    • OUT: Triston Blackmon (D) - right quad strain
    • OUT: Mohamed El-Munir (D) - Zygomatic Arch fracture
    • QUESTIONABLE: Danilo Silva (D) - left hamstring strain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Alejandro Guido (M) - right quad strain
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Mark-Anthony Kaye (M), Walker Zimmerman (D)
  • International duty:  None

Atlanta United

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: George Bello (D) - right adductor injury
    • OUT: Hector Villalba (M) - knee injury
    • OUT: Kevin Kratz (M) - quad injury
    • OUT: Brek Shea (D) - knee injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Florentin Pogba (D) - left thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Mikey Ambrose (D) - left thigh spasms
    • QUESTIONABLE: Ezequiel Barco (M) - right knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Mo Adams (M), Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez (D)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at LAFC

  • This is the first all-time meeting at Banc of California between Atlanta United and LAFC. Atlanta United won the only other meeting, 5-0, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium a year ago.

Officials

  • Referee: Ismail Elfath
  • Assistant Referees: Corey Parker, Kyle Atkins
  • 4th Official: Sergii Demianchuk
  • VAR: Tim Ford

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