The Mexican Carlos Vela and the Uruguayan Diego Rossi are emerging as LAFC's weapons for this Tuesday, when they will face the MLS Western Conference final against the Seattle Sounders, in whose eleven Nicolás Lodeiro and the Peruvian Raúl Ruidíaz stand out as stars.
The game will be played at the Banc of California Stadium, although the Sounders claim to have more experience in momentous events outside of each other.
The Los Angeles team has been the best in the league throughout the regular season, finishing with 72 points. And he has a three-win, one-tie lead in all four meetings with the Sounders.
LAFC coach Bob Bradley believes that they are going to face the rival that can do the most damage to them.
“It is a very complete team in all its lines, they play a good defense, they move the ball very well in the midfield and in attack they have men who can solve the game at any time”, commented Bradley.
The Sounders, who have accumulated 11 consecutive seasons of prominence, won the title in the 2016 season.
Bradley admitted that his biggest concern is to control the actions of the Uruguayan Lodeiro, author of eight goals during the regular season, but who is the brain and engine of all the football that the Sounders do from midfield, in addition to the danger of Ruidíaz and Morris, who can score a goal at any time.
Without forgetting the American international midfielder of Guatemalan origin Christian Roldán, key in midfield.
"They are players with incredible physical power, tireless who can not only create danger but also break your own rhythm and we will have to be prepared for that," said the coach.
Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said his rival has weaknesses and Seattle comes into the game in great form after beating Dallas and Real Salt Lake.
"With players like Vela, Rossi and Adama Diomande, you know that at any moment they can score a goal, if the defense doesn't maintain maximum concentration and don't press in midfield, but at the same time they also have their weaknesses", Schmetzer assessed. "I think it will be a very close match and the one we all wanted."
Schmetzer recalled that in the four games they have played against LAFC, the Sounders had important casualties, such as the Peruvian Ruidíaz, who was decisive in the Seattle team's attack after having contributed 12 goals during the regular season.