By Mike House – LA Soccer Press /
Location: Banc of California Stadium – Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday, June 22 – 7:30 PM PST
How to Watch: ESPN+
Black & Gold Report
LAFC continues to struggle this season as they drew with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. The defense is not the sole blame of the team’s struggles, though. The attack has to be criticized more as it has only scored more than one goal twice this season.
The Black & Gold had many chances against Houston, but were unable to convert past Jose Cifuentes’ 50th minute goal. Soon after, Maxamilliano Urruti netted the equalizer for Houston. Diego Rossi, who continues to draw interest from Premier League clubs, has not scored in his last two matches.
LAFC Team News
Kwadwo Opoku remains out, while right-back Erik Duenas is questionable for Wednesday night’s game. … Diego Palacios is away on international duty for Ecuador and will miss this match.
LAFC Recent Form: L/L/W/L/D
LAFC Predicted Lineup: Sisniega (GK); Harvey, Murillo, Segura, Farfan; Cifuentes, Atuesta, Kaye; Vela, Baird, Rossi
The Toros Report
FC Dallas are currently sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference table and without much to be optimistic about. The team has struggled with inconsistent play, and is without a win in its last five matches.
The Toros have not missed the playoffs since Luchi Gonzalez became manager, but they are on track to miss this year. Their attack has struggled all season and is up for a tough task against LAFC’s solid defense.
FC Dallas Team News
Thomas Roberts remains out since his leg injury sustained in April. … Goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck is still out with a hamstring injury.
FC Dallas Recent form: D/L/D/L/D
FC Dallas Predicted Lineup: Maurer (GK); Hollingshead, Burgess, Martinez, Nelson; Tessmann, Acosta; Jara, Ricaurte, Obrian; Pepi
Predicted Score: LAFC 1-0 FC Dallas
Match Odds (via Yahoo Sportsbook):
FC Dallas +550
House is a native of Los Angeles. He writes about Major League Soccer for L.A. Soccer Press.