Los Angeles FC take on Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference Final at Banc of California Stadium (07:30 AM IST).
Sounders are looking to do what almost all the teams in MLS failed to achieve against LAFC this season and that is to find the answer to how to stop LAFC's attacking threat. It's perhaps the impossible task. But one-way to outdo LAFC is to outscore them, which is in itself a very daunting task.
That said, Sounders must be well aware that they are playing against perhaps the best team the MLS has ever seen. That's not an exaggeration by any stretch of the imagination as LAFC have accumulated the most points in a single season while scoring the most number of goals. Bob Bradley's men also didn't find any problem in winning the Supporters’ Shield as well. No wonder, few are betting in favor of Seattle pulling the absolute rabbit out in this match.
LAFC showcased their full attacking power against city-rivals LA Galaxy as they romped to 5-3 win in the MLS Conference semifinals.
Seattle Sounder had to take a long road as they negotiated two playoffs games against FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake. Sounders beat Dallas 4-3 followed by a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the semifinals.
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Competition: MLS Conference finals
Teams: Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders
Match Timing: October 30, 07:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Banc of California Stadium
LAF vs SS Dream11 Team News:
Los Angeles FC:
All of Danilo Silva, Josh Perez and Javier Perez will be missing the game for LAFC.
In addition, Rodolfo Zelaya and Mark-Anthony Kaye are listed as doubtful and will be monitored before this match.
Forward Will Bruin is a long-term absentee with an ACL tear. He is the only injured player on Sounders' list before this game.
How both the teams stack up against each other?
Los Angeles FC | Seattle Sounders
Games: 35 | 36
Wins: 22 | 18
Defeats: 04 | 10
Draws: 09 | 08
Goals: 90 | 58
Goals conceded: 40 | 52
Shots Attempted: 485 | 346
Shots on Target: 241 | 164
Fouls Committed: 406 | 367
Fouls Suffered: 434 | 448
Offside: 78 | 57
Corners: 221 | 228
Captain and vice-captain options:
Carlos Vela: He has amassed 36 goals this season, a single-season record in MLS. The former Arsenal and Real Sociedad has also contributed with 11 assists.
Diego Rossi: Vela's partner in crime this season. Though not as potent as Vela, but he has been an integral part of the team. He also scored the vital 3rd goal against Galaxy.
Jordan Morris and Raul Ruidiaz: The duo has a combined 25 goals between them this season.
LAF vs SS Dream11 probable playing 11:
LAFC: Tyler Miller (GK), Jordan Harvey, Eddie Segura, Walker Zimmerman, Tristan Blackmon, Lee Nguyen, Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing, Diego Rossi, Brian Rodriguez, Carlos Vela
Seattle Sounders: Stefan Frei (GK), Kelvin Leerdam, Roman Torres, Kim Kee-Hee, Brad Smith, Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Joevin Jones, Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordan Morris, Raul Ruidiaz
LAF vs SS Dream11 teams:
Goalkeeper: S Frei
Defenders: Blackmon, Segura, Kee-Hee
Midfielders: Atuesta, Nguyen, D Rossi (VC), Lodeiro, Roldan
Attackers: Vela (C), J Morris