Seattle Sounders vs LAFC Prediction, Odds & Picks
- With Carlos Vela recovering from an injury, LAFC will have to rely on alternate attackers in their starting XI
- Despite their eye-catching loss to LAFC last month, Seattle have made noteworthy improvements in recent weeks
- The game result may be defined by the efforts of Raul Ruidiaz in Seattle’s attack
Seattle Sounders vs LAFC Odds
Seattle Sounders vs LAFC Predictions and Picks
This will be a tight match between two elite MLS teams that can each make a case for themselves. Although LAFC has the smallest of advantages on Sunday, the likely omission of the injured Carlos Vela will bring them down a notch and keep them level with the Sounders.
How to Watch Seattle Sounders vs LAFC
|Seattle Sounders vs LAFC Information|
|What||Seattle Sounders vs LAFC|
|Where||CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Washington)|
|When||Sunday, August 30th at 10:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Fox Sports 1|
In what should have the feel of a playoff game, both LAFC and Seattle will be entering the weekend with two very different starts in the resumption of the 2020 MLS regular season.
For LAFC, last season’s Supporters’ Shield winners were knocked out by their rivals earlier this month in a 2-0 El Trafico loss against the LA Galaxy. Even with Vela back in their roster, LAFC lacked ideas and a clear purpose throughout the 90 minutes.
Washington’s Seattle Sounders had an entirely different experience in their own rivalry game. Against the Portland Timbers last week, the Sounders were an obvious step above their peers with a statement-making 3-0 away win in Portland. Carried by 2nd half goals, Seattle was exceptional as they found a second wind late into the match.
What’s next for both teams as they prepare to battle this weekend?
LAFC Not Expected To Have Vela
Although the California club didn’t need Vela to defeat Seattle 4-1 last month in the MLS Is Back tournament, his absence will still be felt this weekend. Recently expected to help propel the team’s attack further forward, LAFC’s frontline immediately began to crumble against the Galaxy after Vela was substituted out in the 2nd half due to injury.
Barring some sort of miraculous and last-minute recovery, the Mexican winger isn’t expected to take part in this weekend’s match against Seattle.
Keep in mind, Seattle has also made some serious improvements since that 4-1 loss…
Seattle Have More Momentum Since the Last Meeting
Low on morale after July’s one-sided loss to LAFC, Seattle took it upon themselves to immediately improve in their following and most recent match against the Timbers.
Playing with an intensity that appeared to compensate for the LAFC loss, the Sounders took charge in a 2nd half that launched wave after wave of decisive and threatening attacks. There was nothing that Portland could do but watch. Thrilling runs, highlight-worthy shots, and creative distribution punctuated the Sounders’ 3-0 away win at Providence Park.
Just one day after LAFC stumbled over themselves against the Galaxy, it was Seattle who stole the MLS headlines with one of the best performances they’ve had so far in 2020.
The Raul Ruidiaz Factor
Granted, much of Seattle’s success came down to the efforts of striker Raul Ruidiaz. With two goals and an assist in the victory against Portland, it was Ruidiaz who emerged as the catalyst for Seattle’s frontline.
Whether the Sounders find another win or not this weekend could once again come down to the Peruvian.
Up against a side like LAFC that has plenty to offer in the attack (and little defensively), a good performance from Ruidiaz may define the final outcome.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.