MATCH PREVIEW: LAFC vs. New York City FC

by | May 29, 2021 | LAFC, MLS

Location: Banc of California Stadium – Los Angeles
Date: Saturday, May 29 – 2:00 PM PST
How to Watch: YES, Univision NOW

Black & Gold Report

LAFC finally broke out of its slump with a win last week against the Colorado Rapids. Captain Carlos Vela returned to the Starting 11 after a hamstring issue kept him out for multiple weeks. In his return, he snagged an assist. LAFC will look to build a winning streak when a struggling NYCFC travels to the West Coast.

LAFC Team News

The only remaining injuries are Kwadwo Opoku and Erik Duenas, both of whom are expected to miss this match. … Vela’s return was a sight for sore eyes, and he will undoubtedly keep his place in the attack.

LAFC Recent Form: D/D/L/L/W

LAFC Predicted Lineup: Sisniega (GK); Palacios, Segura, Medina, Blackmon; Atuesta, Blessing, Kaye; Vela (C), Rossi, Baird

The Bronx Blues Report

After a promising run earlier in the season, NYCFC lost last week to Columbus Crew, the reigning MLS Cup winners, New York City led throughout the entire match until Lucas Zelayaran netted two goals in the final 20 minutes to secure all three points for the Crew. The Pigeons have fallen into sixth in the Eastern Conference but sit only two points off of fourth. A win against LAFC could give them a real boost.

New York City FC Team News

NYCFC will remain without Heder and Gedion Zelalem. … Anton Tinnerholm and Alexander Callens are in doubt for this match. … Thiago Andrade has recently joined the team after issues with his visa. Expect him to be eased into a squad.

New York City FC Recent form: W/W/D/D/L

New York City FC Predicted Lineup:  Johnson (GK) (C); Amundsen, Ibeagha, Chanot, Thorarinsson; Sands, Parks; Medina, Moralez, Tajouri; Castellanos

Predicted Score: LAFC 2-0 NYCFC

Match Odds (
via Yahoo Sportsbook):
LAFC -130
Draw +270
NYCFC +310

House is a native of Los Angeles. He covers Los Angeles FC and writes about Major League Soccer for L.A. Soccer Press.