Major League Soccer will return to the fold this weekend when Los Angeles FC welcomes Seattle Sounders to the Banc of California Stadium in the 22nd round of the campaign. Kickoffs on July 30 at 06:00 EAT.
Los Angeles FC is at the summit of the Western Conference MLS standings, with 45 points after 21 matches. Black and Gold have picked up points in all but one of their 2022 regular-season encounters at the home soil, scoring 11 goals in their previous four MLS matches played in sunny California.
With 13 games remaining before the playoffs begin, and if LAFC were to collect maximum points in 10 of those matches, they would regain the MLS regular-season record for points. (England Revolution earned last year by 73 points).
Los Angeles FC will be aiming for another win following 0-2 MLS success to beat Sporting Kansas City in their previous match. In that game, Los Angeles FC managed 40% possession, 13 shots with five of them on target and goals scored by Cristián Arango (56′) and Gareth Bale (83′). Sporting Kansas City had 11 shots with three of them on target.
On the other side, this season’s CONCACAF Champions League winners Seattle Sounders are a point behind the final playoff spot (9th) with 29 points in the Western Conference. Seattle is not having their best of seasons, they have picked up nine victories against 10 loses and two draws. Their away form is weak with four loses in their last six matches.
Seattle Sounders come into this meeting off the back of 2-1 MLS triumph over Colorado Rapids in their previous encounter. In that game, Seattle Sounders FC had 55% possession, 17 shots with seven of them on target and goals scored by Jordan Morris (43′) and Nicolás Lodeiro (71′). Colorado Rapids got eight shots with three of them on target and a goal by Jonathan Lewis (3′).
Los Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders head to head
These two sides have had 14 head to head encounters since 2018. Los Angeles FC claims three victories, Seattle Sounders five victories and three matches played out draws.
- Seattle 1-1 Los Angeles 18/06/22
- Los Angeles 3-0 Seattle 27/10/21
- Seattle 2-0 Los Angeles 17/05/21
- Los Angeles 1-1 Seattle 25/04/21
- Seattle 3-1 Los Angeles 25/11/20
- Kansas City 0-2 Los Angeles
- Nashville 1-2 Los Angeles
- Los Angeles 3-2 LA Galaxy
- Vancouver 1-0 Los Angeles
- Los Angeles 3-1 Dallas
- Seattle 2-1 Colorado
- Chicago 1-0 Seattle
- Nashville 1-0 Seattle
- Seattle 0-3 Portland
- Toronto 0-2 Seattle
Los Angeles FC team news
Danny Musovski and Julian Gaines have been ruled out of this game through injuries while Brian Rodriguez is a doubt and Kellyn Acosta is out through suspension.
Seattle Sounders team news
Raul Ruidiaz, Obed Vargas and Joao Paulo have been ruled out of this game through injuries while Kelyn Rowe is on the bench through suspension.
Prediction and odds
Los Angeles FC seems unstoppable at the moment and they will want another win in front of their fans while Seattle is poor on the road.
- Los Angeles FC Win
- Both teams to score