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May 29, 2021 at 10pm UK at Banc of California Stadium
Los AngelesLos Angeles FC
1-2
NY CityNew York City FC
Baird (56')
Atuesta (48')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Medina (70'), Tajouri (90')
Medina (53'), Acevedo (86')
Acevedo (86')

Preview: Los Angeles FC vs. New York City FC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Los Angeles FC and New York City FC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

With both sides having had identical starts to the Major League Soccer season, Los Angeles FC and New York City FC square off on Saturday as they both aim to move closer to the top end of their respective conferences.

The two teams have each collected eight points from their opening six league matches, putting the hosts ninth spot in the Western Conference and the visitors in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.


Match preview

Los Angeles FC manager Bob Bradley on May 9, 2021 © Reuters

Los Angeles FC picked up their second victory of the MLS season last time out, as they took on Colorado Rapids in California.

A Diego Rossi brace put the hosts 2-0 up in the first half, and Michael Barrios's goal soon after half time was not enough to spark a comeback for the visitors.

That followed consecutive defeats for Bob Bradley's side, firstly losing 2-1 away against city rivals LA Galaxy.

They then suffered a 2-0 away defeat to Seattle Sounders, as goals in the second half from Xavier Arreaga and Brad Smith sealed a comfortable victory for the hosts.

One positive for Bradley's men is their home form though, having won two and drawn one of their three games on home turf so far this season.

They will look to continue that on Saturday, when New York City make the long trip to Los Angeles.

New York City FC head coach Ronny Deila on May 15, 2021© Reuters

The visitors come into this game on the back of a narrow defeat to Columbus Crew, as they looked set to pick up a result.

Ronny Deila's men led throughout the encounter thanks to Ismael Tajouri's early opener, but Lucas Zelarayan levelled the game in the 82nd minute before he netted the winner for the visitors in the 95th minute to cruelly snatch all three points.

Before that, they were again held to a somewhat disappointing result, as Jesus Medina's opener against Toronto was cancelled out by a Jacob Shaffelburg equaliser in the 73rd minute to force Deila's men to share the points.

After an impressive start to the season with two wins from their opening three matches, the Pigeons have since dropped down the division with two points from the last three games.

The New York outfit now occupy sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, although they remain just one point behind fifth-placed Atlanta United and two points behind fourth-placed Nashville SC, meaning they could quickly rise back up to the top end of the division if they can reverse their fortunes.

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

New York City FC Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L



Team News

New York City head coach Ronny Deila reacts during the second half against the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena in August 2020© Reuters

Los Angeles' injury problems have been eased recently, with only Kwadwo Opoku and Erik Duenas expected to miss out on Saturday.

Despite a slow start to the campaign, Mexican forward Carlos Vela still brings plenty of quality to the front line, and he is the main threat for the Californian outfit.

He will be supported by the wide threat of Corey Baird and Diego Rossi, with the pair registering a combined five goals and two assists so far this season.

At the other end of the pitch, Jesus Murillo and Eddie Segura should partner up at the heart of the back line, shielding Pablo Sisniega between the sticks.

New York City will remain without Heder and Gedion Zelalem through injury, while the availability of Anton Tinnerholm and Alexander Callens is doubtful.

New signing Thiago Andrade recently joined up with the squad after visa issues, but he may be eased into action after a long spell out of action.

The line should be led by Valentin Castellanos, who has had a strong start to the campaign with four goals and two assists in the first six games.

He has been complemented well by Jesus Medina, who has chipped in with four goals of his own.

Los Angeles FC possible starting lineup:
Sisnega; Blackmon, Segura, Medina, Palacios; Blessing, Kaye, Atuesta; Baird, Vela, Rossi

New York City FC possible starting lineup:
Johnson; Amundsen, Ibeagha, Chanot, Thorarinsson; Sands, Parks; Medina, Moralez, Tajouri; Castellanos


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We say: Los Angeles FC 1-1 New York City FC

In a game between two evenly-matched sides, we cannot quite pick a winner, instead opting for a draw in Los Angeles.

Both sides have had inconsistent starts to the season and will be expecting to rise up their respective tables, and we see them drawing in a cagey affair as both fear losing.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England8521117417
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
7Columbus Crew732276111
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England8521117417
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
7Columbus Crew732276111
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

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