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Los Angeles FC vs. Real Salt Lake Pick & Prediction AUG 6th 2022

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Los Angeles FC will put their four-game winning streak on the line Saturday evening in Sandy, Utah when they face off against host Real Salt Lake.

LAFC (15-4-3, 48 points) lead Major League Soccer in points and wins this season, are second in goal differential with a plus-21 margin and haven't lost a game since July 2. Most recently, LAFC won at home a week ago, 2-1 over the visiting Seattle Sounders. Carlos Vela and Kwadwo Opoku provided goals for the winners.

For Vela, his goal ended a scoring drought. The former league MVP and Golden Boot winner hadn't scored since May 21 before slotting home a goal against the Sounders in the 43rd minute.

Vela has seven goals and eight assists in 20 appearances this season. It's a far cry from his 34-goal season in 2019, but he doesn't have to carry the scoring load for LAFC as much anymore. The match against the Sounders marked the home debuts for international stars Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini.

"He's constantly working toward getting match minutes and getting his fitness back," LAFC coach Steve Cherundolo said of Bale. "It's Week 3 of the preseason for him. He's going to get sharper, faster, better."

Additionally, Opoku has five scores this season, and Cristian Arango leads the club with nine goals.

Real Salt Lake (9-7-7, 34 points) recently acquired some offensive reinforcements of their own -- thanks to LAFC. The two clubs struck a deal earlier this week that sent forward Danny Musovski to RSL in exchange for allocation money.

Musovski, 26, wasn't playing often for LAFC this season -- scoring twice and adding an assist in 16 appearances (six starts) -- but he tallied nine goals and four assists in 37 matches across the 2020 and 2021 seasons. He's a proven scorer, and RSL hope he helps the club improve its plus-one goal differential.

"We are excited to add a dynamic striker in Danny who provides an additional goal-scoring threat on our roster and fits into our style of play," RSL technical director Kurt Schmid said in a statement.

RSL had an inconsistent July campaign, finishing the month with just one victory and two draws in six matches.

--Field Level Media

Los Angeles FC vs. Real Salt Lake

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored one goal and assisted on another to lift Los Angeles FC to a 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, on Sunday night.

LAFC (6-6-3, 21 points) picked up a critical road victory while bolstering their playoff standing. The club dominated possession and kept RSL on its heels for much of the match in picking up three points in a true road game for the first time this season.

Salt Lake (4-5-6, 18 points) lost for the third time in its last four home matches. The Utah club has been outscored 10-2 in those setbacks. RSL has only garnered eight total points in seven home matches so far this season.

Los Angeles broke the game open before halftime. Wright-Phillips and Diego Rossi scored five minutes apart to give LAFC a commanding two-goal lead.

Wright-Phillips struck first in the 22nd minute. The ball careened off the left post and backed to the unmarked striker inside the middle of the six-yard box. Wright-Phillips tapped it in for an easy goal to put LAFC up 1-0.

Rossi followed in the 27th minute. He raced ahead and latched onto a long ball, juked a defender, and threaded a ball past goalkeeper Andrew Putna into the right corner of the net to extend the lead to 2-0.

Brian Rodriguez made it a three-goal advantage in the 59th minute. Rodriguez split two defenders off a pass from Wright-Phillips, charged into the 6-yard box, and chipped the ball over Putna's shoulder to extend the lead for Los Angeles.

Real Salt Lake finally pulled one back in the 64th minute. Marcelo Silva headed in a corner kick from Pablo Ruiz and the ball hit LAFC midfielder Eduard Atuesta and deflected into the net for an own goal.

--Field Level Media
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