LAFC's six-match unbeaten run came to an end last weekend in Portland. With the match hanging in the balance at 1-1, the Black & Gold failed to capitalize on its opportunities, and the Timbers snatched all three points late.
Returning home to Banc of California Stadium, LAFC now puts its unbeaten record at home on the line against D.C. United on Saturday. It's the first Saturday night game under the lights at the Banc, let's take a look at the matchup:
When & Where To Watch/Listen
LAFC vs. D.C. United, May 26 at 7p PT
TV: YouTube TV, UniMás 46
Radio: ESPNLA 710, KFWB 980
D.C. United made their trek across country last week, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1. It was United's first road win of the season, but they still find themselves at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table on eight points.
What The Players Are Saying
Carlos Vela on leaving for the World Cup on a good note: "It's very important. I want to leave the team in the best position I can, and of course, with a good game for the fans. Last game at home, I hope I can score and win. And after, I can leave with my head free."
Adama Diomande on playing for Bob Bradley again: "His playing style fits me 100 percent. That's why I was so successful with him the five months I was there in Norway. He's a good tactical guy, and he's a nice guy off the field. I just have to adapt to his formation and playing style."
LAFC Projected Starting XI
(4-3-3): Tyler Miller; Jordan Harvey, Laurent Ciman, Dejan Jakovic, Steven Beitashour; Eduard Atuesta, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Benny Feilhaber; Diego Rossi, Adama Diomande, Carlos Vela.
What To Watch For
Players Headed To World Cup Camps: Omar Gaber and Marco Ureña have already departed to join their respective national teams ahead of the 2018 World Cup. For Carlos Vela and Laurent Ciman, the D.C. United match will be their final with LAFC until their World Cup commitments are complete. Vela leads the team with seven goals, while Ciman is one of two outfield players on LAFC to play every single minute of every match this season.
Adama Diomande Debut: Signed by LAFC on the final day of the Primary Transfer Window, fans have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Diomande. The center forward got a short runout against Borussia Dortmund in a midweek friendly, and will likely get the start on Saturday. After losing Ureña to injury, LAFC has had to be inventive in the final third to find space for attackers like Vela and Diego Rossi. Vela and Rossi thrive with a hold-up forward that can occupy opposing defenders. Diomande is a work horse up front, but also has the quality to bag his fair share of goals.