If the regular season is anything to go by, Los Angeles FC are walking on a seemingly inexorable path towards the glory. But the post-season can be a different animal altogether, with any team, irrespective of the position on the table, very much capable of beating any team in a two-leg tie.
But a deep run, at least the semi-finals, can be expected from Bob Bradley's men. Anything other than that will be considered an utter travesty to the consistency the team has shown so far in the regular season.
Minnesota United, meanwhile, can use a positive result here after Portland Timbers' 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake cut the deficit between the teams to just two points.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between Los Angeles FC and Minnesota United at Banc of California Stadium, in Los Angeles, California. The ground has a capacity of 22,000.
The game will start at 05:05 PM (IST), on Saturday, August 20.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Los Angeles FC – W W W W W D
Minnesota United – W L W D L L
Los Angeles FC Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Los Angeles FC Probable XI:
Miller (GK), Harvey, Segura, Zimmerman, Beitashour, Atuesta, Blessing, Kaye, Rossi, Rodriguez, Diomande
Minnesota United FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Minnesota United Probable XI:
Mannone (GK), Gasper, Boxall, Opara, Metanire, Dotson, Gregus, Lod, Quintero, Finlay, Rodriguez
Potential Game Changers, and total Dream11 points earned in the tournament:
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Diego Rossi: He has been a key figure for Los Angeles FC this season. Not only he has scored more than what was expected, but the 21-year-old has been a great provider to the team, setting up a good amount of goals, as well as second assists.
Adama Diomande: Hasn't started as many games as he would have liked, but he has grabbed the limited opportunities he got with both hands. The 29-year-old Norweigan is set to start and we back hom to be amongst the goals here.
Darwin Quintero: Minnesota United's experienced forward has been in good form all season, scoring some crucial goals. A good fit for your Dream11 fantasy team.
LAF vs MU Dream11 potential winner:
Los Angeles FC are firm favorites to win the game.