Sounders vs LAFC: Three Questions

Los Angeles Football Club is back in control of the league. Now coached by legendary men’s national team player Steve Chirondulo, the club scored more than two points at the start of the game and now has a defence. One of the four sides with a double-digit goal difference so far in 2022, LAFC Coming to Seattle to try to fend off a team that could challenge them for the Western Conference title, if the Sounders can play as they have done since winning the CONCACAF Champions League.

Seattle Sounders Without Raul Ruediaz, who would do that Miss at least the next two games. That could hamper the offensive options available to Brian Schmitzer, as he is now only able to count two of his 2020 Player of the Year nominees and three unharmed ’21 All Stars – this squad is still brimming with talent even without Joao Paulo, Raul and Lemar.

The win wouldn’t lift Seattle up the standings, but it would give them a MLS record.

As a reminder, there is a file Seattle Mariners Double-header and Reign match in the evening. The SoDo / Pioneer Square area will be filled. Take the transit if you can.

for Angels in processionAlicia answers three questions.


Right: I just wrote about this in Angels on Parade, but what’s going on with Carlos Vela? It doesn’t quite live up to his MVP performance, but it’s still somewhat important if LAFC wants to make a Shield and/or Trophy, right?

AoP: Villa has actually been very strong this season. He has scored six goals and three assists in league play in 13 games, and has also dealt with minor injuries sporadically. He can still win matches on his own, basically. But the important thing is that his contract will expire in a couple of weeks, which is really weird and what I wrote about him this week. Will he return to his level in 2019? No, is he still vital to LAFC and a potential key player for an MLS contender? definitely. Reputable critics have told us multiple times that a deal is imminent, and this has been said for months at this point. Meanwhile, there is no news. Should he leave Villa mid-season, it would be largely unprecedented under the circumstances, and banning an immediate replacement like Villa, would significantly dampen LAFC title hopes. Hopefully this is a sensation over nothing and a deal is finally reached, but it’s a very strange scenario with no certainty at the moment.

Right: Second in shots taken per game, least shots defended in the league – is LAFC now a full package rather than the running and gun side?

AoPThey have definitely improved in defense this season and that has helped them tremendously. Maxime Crepeau may follow Stefan Frye’s path of “indulging in goal in a Canadian team but playing well under the circumstances to go through the opponent and do better with a superior support team” in his career, but the LAFC’s investment in experience in the Offseason has paid off by Depth optimization and quality optimization XI.

At the same time, the attack was still very powerful. I think LAFC can survive without Villa on the field for 90 minutes these days, but he’s still a veteran and without him the margins are even weaker. Steve Chirondolo hasn’t changed much in attacking style, meaning the team didn’t need to tweak much in this regard when he replaced Bob Bradley. But Bradley’s style at times really proved to be a burden in terms of a defensive approach, and Cherundolo balanced things better and that’s a big factor in a strong start to the season.

Right: Was Sanchez or Acosta the biggest possession off the season?

AoP: I think the “brilliant” player, in a position who isn’t necessarily meant to be flashy, was Eli Sanchez, believe it or not. It looked dashing at the end of it Sporting Kansas City In the position, but seems to have rejuvenated for the time being, I think a change of scenery was what was required of him. He’s basically become the new accelerator in midfield with the departure of Edward Atoista, and that’s a very key role for LAFC. At the same time, he is strong in defense as well, and the LAFC team definitely needed him in midfield.

Meanwhile, Acosta has been a good soldier, holding the position at right-back at times, although he admitted he prefers midfield, calmly doing the dirty work otherwise. There’s been a lot of talk about his steady service, but if I’m being honest, I don’t think he really showed that with LAFC. But as a younger player and current international contender to go to the World Cup in the fall, he should have a lot of motivation to really be his best during the second half of the MLS season.


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