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Jun 20, 2021 at 4am UK at Banc of California Stadium
Los AngelesLos Angeles FC
1-1
HoustonHouston Dynamo
Cifuentes (50')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Urruti (58')
Parker (17'), Vera (30'), Picault (71')

Preview: Los Angeles FC vs. Houston Dynamo - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Los Angeles FC and Houston Dynamo, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

In their first game back after a three-week international break, Los Angeles FC and Houston Dynamo battle in Major League Soccer action on Sunday.

The hosts currently find themselves in ninth place in the Eastern Conference after a fairly underwhelming start to the campaign, but they would leapfrog their opponents with a victory.


Match preview

Los Angeles FC (LAFC) coach Bob Bradley wears a face mask during a game against the Houston Dynamo at Banc of California Stadium in October 2020© Reuters

Los Angeles FC return to action having suffered a disappointing defeat to New York City FC in their final game before the break.

Bob Bradley's side took the lead early in the second half through Corey Baird, but Jesus Medina hit an equaliser for the visitors before Ismael Tajouri netted the winner in the 90th minute to snatch all three points.

That stopped a potential winning run from building, after they had previously defeated Colorado Rapids 2-1, with star man Diego Rossi scoring a brace.

Having failed to get going so far this season, Bradley's men find themselves outside of the playoff places in ninth spot, although they could quickly climb the Eastern Conference table with a win on Sunday, as their opponents in fifth place only sit three points ahead.

Houston Dynamo coach Tab Ramos wears a face mask during a game against the LAFC at Banc of California Stadium in October 2020© Reuters

Despite a fairly inconsistent start of their own, Houston Dynamo currently occupy fifth spot, having dropped out of the top four after the final game prior to the international break.

Last time out, Tab Ramos's side took the lead against Sporting Kansas City through Matias Vera, but the game was turned on its head in the second half as goals from Gianluca Busio, Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda put the hosts 3-1 up, and Maximiliano Urruti's 93rd-minute goal was not enough to salvage a result as they fell to a 3-2 loss.

That followed a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps, as Memo Rodriguez opened the scoring before Urruti again got on the scoresheet on the stroke of half time.

With 11 points from their opening eight matches, the Texas outfit are on track for a finish in the playoffs, but that could quickly change if they are to suffer another defeat on Sunday, given how tight the middle of the Eastern Conference is, with their opponents just three points behind.

Los Angeles FC Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L

Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L



Team News

Houston Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos May 23, 2021© Reuters

Los Angeles FC come into Sunday's game without defender Diego Palacios, who is away on international duty for Ecuador at the Copa America.

Their line will be led by talented forward Diego Rossi, who has recently attracted Premier League interest, having netted three goals in his opening five league games.

He will be joined in a potent front three by Corey Baird and Carlos Vela, who has netted 52 goals in 70 appearances for the Los Angeles outfit.

While the Houston Dynamo squad has not been hit by the Copa America, they do have several injuries to deal with, as defenders Sam Junqua and Ethan Bartlow are both sidelined.

Forward Tyler Pasher is also expected to miss out through injury, having only made four appearances so far this campaign.

Maximiliano Urruti will lead the line with confidence, having netted in both of the last two games to take his tally to four goals and an assist in eight MLS games this season.

Los Angeles FC possible starting lineup:
Sisnieg; Blackmon, Murillo, Segura, Farfan; Cifuentes, Atuesta, Kaye; Vela, Rossi, Baird

Houston Dynamo possible starting lineup:
Maric; Valentin, Parker, Garcia, Lundqvist; Vera, Jones, Corona; Rodriguez, Urruti, Picault


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We say: Los Angeles FC 2-1 Houston Dynamo

Although Los Angeles FC are yet to fully click this season, they have undoubted quality in the side, and should come good sooner rather than later.

On this occasion, we see them stepping up to secure an important victory, leapfrogging Houston and boosting their playoff bid.



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GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

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· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
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· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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3New York City FCNY City1582530161426
4Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal156452018222
8DC United156272118320
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls145361817118
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11Toronto153482032-1213
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati143471729-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami132381023-139

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1New England RevolutionNew England16103330191133
2Orlando City168442621528
3New York City FCNY City1582530161426
4Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
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6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal156452018222
8DC United156272118320
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls145361817118
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11Toronto153482032-1213
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati143471729-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami132381023-139

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