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LAFC vs Minnesota United

Sunday, May 1, 2022

7:00pm PT

Banc of California Stadium - Los Angeles, CA

TV: FS1, FOX Deportes

RADIO: 710 AM ESPN, ESPN App (Audio), 980 AM La Mera, La Mera

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The Black & Gold return to Banc of California where they remain undefeated in 2022 after defeating FC Cincinnati 2-1 at TQL Stadium last weekend in their first-ever visit to the Queen City. The win keeps LAFC in the top spot in the MLS Supporter’s Shield standings.

LAFC has scored 19 goals headed into Sunday’s match with a 6-1-1 record, allowing only eight total goals in 8 matches, and so far not conceding a goal in the second half.

Minnesota United FC runs a high-pressured style offense they thrive under, and are coming off two dominating victories over Colorado and Chicago to combine for six goals in two games.

Minnesota United FC (4-2-2, 14 points) scored 11 goals in eight games, and enters the match in  the fifth spot in the Western Conference.

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Minnesota runs a 4-2-3-1 formation with Emanuel Reynoso, Robin Lod, and Luis Amarilla leading a high-pressured offense. Lod leads the club with three goals, while Reynoso has been a staple for the club, with two goals and four assists in eight games played. Amarillo also plays aggressive at the forward position with the help of the Loons talented midfielders making excellent passes that have been creating high percentage shots. Minnesota sits above the league average in high press shots, while also holding opponents to just six total goals this season. This is a team that is dangerous in transition and great on set pieces. So far in 2022, they have proven that they know how to apply pressure on defense to generate shots in the box.

LAFC WILL WIN IF:

Continue to play the game the Black & Gold way…LAFC’s main goal will be to contain Reynoso while solving the high pressure attack from Minnesota. Defensively, LAFC needs to apply pressure to win the ball high up the field toward the opponents box while defending their set pieces well.

Minnesota United FC CAN WIN IF:

Reynoso gets off to a great start, utilizing the high-pressure offense and creating problems for the LAFC defense. If they can create set pieces and generate shots in the box – this will hurt LAFC.

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