The gap between these two teams is huge and the pressure is mounting on San Jose Earthquakes to keep themselves in the top-seven in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles FC, on the other hand, have no such fears. They have been flying high ever since the season began, occupying the 1st place in the West, and are certain to play in the post-season. While there may have been occasional hiccups, this has been a very satisfying campaign in large nonetheless for manager Bob Bradley and the fans.
For San Jose, the good thing is FC Dallas are only teetering along the playoffs border.
Not only Jose have a one-point gap over Dallas, but the former has a two-game advantage over their rivals as well.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between Los Angeles FC and San Jose Earthquakes at Banc of California Stadium, in Los Angeles, California. The ground has a capacity of 22,000.
The game will start at 08:00 AM (IST), on Saturday, August 22.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Los Angeles FC – W L W W W W
San Jose Earthquakes – D W W D L L
Los Angeles FC Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Los Angeles FC Probable XI:
Tyler Miller (GK), Jordan Harvey, Eddie Segura, Tristan Blackmon, Steven Beitashour, Eduard Atuesta, Mark-Anthony Kaye / Lee Nguyen, Latif Blessing, Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, Adama Diomande
San Jose Earthquakes FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
San Jose Earthquakes Probable XI:
Vega (GK), Lima, Jungwirth, Kashia, Thompson, Godoy, Yueill, Vako, Eriksson, Espinoza, Wondolowski
Potential Game Changers:
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Carlos Vela: The Mexican superstar is a front runner for the coveted MVP this season. In fact, the former Real Sociedad star looks the only viable choice at the moment because of his high standards this season.
Goals, assists, passing, he has been phenomenal from whatever aspect you see his performances from.
Diego Rossi: Though keeping with up Vela is hard this season, Diego Rossi has been proving to be more than a spear-carrier in this team. The 21-year-old has scored some very important goals this season and will look to do so in the next game as well.
More options from Los Angeles FC:
Adama Diomande: The size, the speed, and the skill level, he is a complete package. The 29-year-old is in good scoring touch as well.
Chris Wondolowski: The two-time MLS Golden Boot winner is a no-nonsense player who doesn't flutter his feet around players, and believes in executing things in a simple manner.
He will be the biggest threat for LAFC in this game.
SJ vs LAF Dream11 potential winner:
We can see Los Angeles FC winning this game easily.