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May 17, 2021 at 2.30am UK at CenturyLink Field
SeattleSeattle Sounders
2-0
Los AngelesLos Angeles FC
Arreaga (57'), Smith (73')
Paulo (45'), Gomez Andrade (52')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Murillo (78')

Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles FC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's Major League Soccer clash between Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles FC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The Seattle Sounders hope to keep their undefeated season alive when they host Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer action on Sunday at Lumen Field.

In their opening five games, Seattle have shown they are still among the elite teams, winning three in a row, while The Black and Gold are off to their worst start since joining the league in 2018, having earned five points in their opening four fixtures.


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Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer against the Columbus Crew in the first half during the 2020 MLS Cup Final at MAPFRE Stadium in December 2020© Reuters

Heading into their 13th season in MLS, there were plenty of questions about how Seattle would fare defensively after losing veteran midfielder Gustav Svensson, along with two experienced defenders in Kelvin Leerdam and Joevin Jones.

So far, all of those questions have been answered as Kelyn Rowe has made an impact defensively, while the back three of Yeimar Gomez, Shane O'Neill and Nouhou Tolo have been solid as ever, conceding just once in their last three games.

This team continues to thrive despite all of that, which speaks volumes about the kind of depth this team has and the mentality manager Brian Schmetzer has instilled in his squad.

Not many teams can lose the talent that Seattle lost in the off-season and still be successful, which shows this team is as hungry as ever to capture another MLS Cup.

Despite having less than 50% of the possession over their past four games, it has not impacted their play or their ability to create chances and score, as they lead the league with 11 goals and have yet to concede from open play this season.

They have been at their best when playing at home, winning both of their encounters this season by an aggregate score of 7-0 and conceding only seven total shots on target over that span.

Defeating a vastly improved, and offensively potent San Jose Earthquakes team in midweek is another feather in their cap in the early stages of this campaign.

The have been on a mission all season with one goal in mind, to get back to the MLS Cup final, where they lost 3-0 to Columbus in 2020.

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

After winning their opening game of this campaign, Bob Bradley has seen his side struggle, squandering back-to-back 1-0 leads and narrowly losing to the LA Galaxy.

This team led the league in goals in 2020, but despite finding the back of the net in every match so far, they are not doing enough up front to trouble opposing defences and win games.

If they are to snap their current three-game winless streak, Bradley knows they need to make their opportunities count against a Sounders side that have conceded only two goals through their first five games.

LA have had their share of chances during their winless run but they have rarely capitalised on those opportunities, firing 36 shots over their last three games but finding the back of the net on only three occasions.

Few teams over the past few seasons can boast a winning record against the Sounders, but LAFC are one of those squads, winning four times and losing only twice in their eight meetings to date.

Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

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



Team News

Seattle Sounders players celebrate winning the Western Conference in December 2020© Reuters

Striker Raul Ruidiaz has started this season brightly with five goals so far to lead the Sounders, while newcomer Fredy Montero has been a spark with two goals off the bench, including the winner last weekend against the Timbers.

Goalkeeper Stefan Frei continues to thrive in Seattle, collecting two clean sheets so far this season and reaching 1,000 saves for his MLS career last weekend.

LAFC have missed the presence of Carlos Vela, who played just over 20 minutes in their opening match and could miss a fourth straight game with a hamstring problem.

Erik Duenas has an ankle injury, and Mohamed Traore has yet to fully recover from a knee injury that has kept him off the field all season.

Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:
Frei; Tolo, O'Neill, Gomez; Smith, Rowe, Leyva, A. Roldan; C. Roldan; Bruin, Ruidiaz

Los Angeles FC possible starting lineup:
Sisniega; Palacios, Segura, Murillo, Blackmon; Kaye, Atuesta, Blessing; Opoku, Rossi, Baird


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We say: Seattle Sounders 2-1 Los Angeles FC

The Sounders are the best side offensively and defensively in the league right now, and they can beat you in a variety of different ways, including at home, where they have won their last six matches dating back to last season if you include their three playoff wins.

With Carlos Vela lost to injury and Bradley Wright-Phillips signing with Columbus in the off-season, LA have struggled to create many quality chances.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City8431116515
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City8431116515
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

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