MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles FC Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Jun 17)
- LAFC players are without a win since May 20.
- Sporting Kansas City is undefeated in nearly four weeks.
- Sporting KC’s defense has been disappointing in 2023.
It’s been nearly four weeks since last year’s MLS Cup winner Los Angeles FC won a game the last time. The worst thing is that Steve Cherundolo’s boys haven’t scored a single goal in their last four games. That needs to end ASAP, perhaps even in the Sporting Kansas City vs. LAFC game on Saturday, June 17, 2023. One of the reasons is that Sporting KC’s defense has been very disappointing lately, conceding a goal in each of the last six MLS rounds.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, June 17, 2023, at 8:30 p.m ET
- Where: Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas
- Channel: Apple TV
Sporting Kansas City is in good form with no losses since May 20. However, it’s because this team’s offense has been brilliant. Its defense, on the other hand, has been somewhat leaky. So far, the guys from Kansas have conceded 25 goals (in 18 games), which accounts for 1.38 goals per game.
Further, they failed to keep their net intact in each of their last six MLS games. In fact, Sporting KC has kept a clean sheet only four times this season, with three of those being a 0-0 draw.
Their defense isn’t great, but it might be good enough to stop the out-of-form LAFC offense. The reigning champions haven’t scored a goal in June and are winless in nearly a month. Their striker Denis Bouanga has been brilliant this season (he’s the MLS scoring leader with 10 goals), but his teammates have not.
Carlos Vela – the winner of the 2019 MLS Golden Boot – has scored only 4 goals this season. Then, there’s Stipe Biuk with two goals. That’s as many as Kwadwo Opoku, who won’t get a chance to improve his numbers this weekend because he’s suspended after getting red-carded mid-week against FC Dallas.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles FC Prediction
It’s high time for LAFC to start playing better. The reigning champs have the manpower to win against pretty much any other team in the MLS, they just need to start showing their power. The game with Sporting KC looks like an ideal opportunity for that.
Pick: Los Angeles FC to win