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Los Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2020

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Los Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC Recap NOV 24TH 2020

Nicolas Lodeiro scored on a pair of penalty kicks four minutes apart in the first half, and the Seattle Sounders were able to finish off a 3-0 victory over visiting Los Angeles FC on Friday.

Lodeiro scored in the 29th and 33rd minutes to give him four goals on the season.

Raul Ruidiaz added a left-footed goal in the 82nd minute, turning a string of tight passes into his eighth score of the season. Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei made two saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season.

The first Seattle shot from the penalty spot was awarded after a handball in the box charged to LAFC's Dejan Jakovic, while the second came on a foul in the box by Latif Blessing on Seattle's Yeimar Gomez.

Jakovic's handball was not called on the field but was radioed to referee Joseph Dickerson to confirm via replay.

It was the second consecutive victory for Seattle (6-2-3, 21 points), which moved into the top spot in the Western Conference ahead of idle Sporting Kansas City. The Sounders were coming off a 7-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sept. 10, when they set an MLS record for the fastest five goals in a game (33 minutes).

The Sounders have now defeated LAFC twice since they were eliminated by their conference rivals during the knockout stage of the MLS is Back Tournament on July 27. LAFC was eliminated one game later by Orlando City FC in penalty kicks.

LAFC (4-5-3, 15 points) lost for the third time in their past four games. They have had MLS MVP Carlos Vela on the field for just 57 minutes since the second game of the season back in March. Vela opted out of the MLS is Back Tournament, then came away with a knee injury during the opening game of the second stage of the league's return to action.

The Sounders are now 4-1-1 since teams returned to play in MLS stadiums last month. LAFC are just 2-5-0 over that same stretch, and their overall record has dropped below the break-even mark for just the second time in their brief three-year history.

--Field Level Media
Raul Ruidiaz scored a goal and had two assists as the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders advanced in the playoffs with a 3-1 victory against visiting Los Angeles FC on a rainy Tuesday night.

Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris each added a goal and an assist and goalkeeper Stefan Frei stopped a penalty shot as the second-seeded Sounders reached the Western Conference semifinals, in which they will play host to FC Dallas on Dec. 1.

Eduard Atuesta scored for LAFC, which was without MLS Golden Boot winner and MVP finalist Diego Rossi and three other key players -- defender Diego Palacios, midfielder Jose Cifuentes and forward Brian Rodriguez -- who all tested positive for COVID-19 during recent international duty in South America.

Ruidiaz, a 30-year-old Peruvian, has eight goals and six assists in seven career MLS postseason games.

Lodeiro opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Ruidiaz made a run down the right wing and sent a pass all the way across the field for Morris. The U.S. international dropped a pass to Lodeiro, who curled a one-timer from 15 yards out around a defender and just inside the left post, leaving LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega flatfooted.

Los Angeles had a chance to tie the score just three minutes later as Carlos Vela, the reigning league MVP who set an MLS record with 34 goals last season, was tripped in the penalty area by Seattle defender Nouhou Tolo. However, Vela put his penalty kick right at Frei, who was able to clutch the ball to his chest.

Ruidiaz made it 2-0 in the 66th minute, following a corner kick by Lodeiro. The ball was headed away from the goal by the LAFC defense, but Ruidiaz retreated to gain possession just inside the top of the 18-yard box and spun before hitting a low one-timer toward the right post that Sisniega was only able to get his fingertips on.

Atuesta gave Los Angeles some hope in the 77th minute when he took a long cross from Vela and slid toward the goalmouth to tip the ball past Frei.

Morris capped the scoring in the 80th minute on a two-on-one break with Ruidiaz that was set up by a pass from Lodeiro at midfield. Morris rolled the ball past a sprawling Sisniega from just beyond the penalty spot.

--Field Level Media

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Player Position Lineup
Eddie Segura Starter
Pablo Sisniega Starter
Latif Blessing Starter
Jordan Harvey Starter
Tristan Blackmon Starter
Jesús Murillo Starter
Bradley Wright-Phillips Starter
Carlos Vela Starter
Mark-Anthony Kaye Starter
Eduard Atuesta Starter
Christian Torres Starter
Mohammed El Monir Substitution
Dejan Jakovic Substitution
Kenneth Vermeer Substitution
Francisco Ginella Substitution
Bryce Duke Substitution
Erik Duenas Substitution
Tony Leone Substitution
Kwadwo Opoku Substitution
Adrien Perez Substitution
Player Position Lineup
Stefan Frei Starter
Nouhou Tolo Starter
Shane O'Neill Starter
Yeimar Gómez Starter
Alex Roldan Starter
João Paulo Starter
Nicolas Lodeiro Starter
Cristian Roldan Starter
Joevin Jones Starter
Raúl Ruidíaz Starter
Jordan Morris Starter
Will Bruin Substitution
Ethan Dobbelaere Substitution
Josh Atencio Substitution
Jordy Delem Substitution
Jimmy Medranda Substitution
Miguel Ibarra Substitution
Brad Smith Substitution
Stefan Cleveland Substitution

Los Angeles FC

Seattle Sounders FC

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 18
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Nicolas Lodeiro
  • Period 2
  • MIN 46
    IN: Kwadwo Opoku
    OUT: Bradley Wright-Phillips
    substitution
  • MIN 56
    IN: Adrien Perez
    OUT: Christian Torres
    substitution
  • MIN 56
    IN: Mohammed El Monir
    OUT: Jordan Harvey
    substitution
  • MIN 66
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Raúl Ruidíaz
  • MIN 70
    IN: Brad Smith
    OUT: Joevin Jones
    substitution
  • MIN 73
    IN: Francisco Ginella
    OUT: Jesús Murillo
    substitution
  • MIN 77
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Eduard Atuesta
  • MIN 80
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Jordan Morris
  • MIN 88
    Nicolas Lodeiro
    card
  • MIN 90
    Mohammed El Monir
    card
  • MIN 90
    IN: Jordy Delem
    OUT: Jordan Morris
    substitution
  • Match End

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