The struggling LAFC come to face Real Salt Lake in the RIOT on July 3rd. LAFC has a 3-3-4 record and RSL a 3-4-2. LAFC are hoping there are favorable fireworks before the end of the match, and RSL will do their best for those to land in their favor. So, what can we expect from LAFC?
First, they will be without Kwadwo Opoku and Tristan Blackmon. Expect Corey Baird to play, as he is co-leader with Diego Rossi with 3 goals. Of course, he hasn’t scored since May. With only three goals being the high on the list, and only 12 total for the season — well, to be honest, RSL only has two more. So, both teams are fairly even as far as who is going to score. Their defenses are fairly matched as well.
LAFC has a very dynamic team. Many of their players have not played to their potential this season. They could easily have 12 more points on the season. What if Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela play 100% up to their talent level? What if their young keeper has an amazing match? In either of these scenarios it is easy to see LAFC coming out on top.
Is Bob Bradley a good coach? He has certainly shown that. He can certainly get his team rallied. Of course he has also admitted recently in an interview that he can’t quite put his finger on why his team is struggling on the road. With this, LAFC still has outscored RSL in Rio Tinto stadium by a 2-1 margin.
Bradley is pushing his team hard to step up and correct their worst start to date. RSL stand in the middle of a 3 away game stretch, and a win in Sandy, Utah would go a long way to helping LAFC get back on track.