How to Watch LAFC vs. San Jose Earthquake: Preview, opportunities

Fresh from a disappointing midweek defeat, there is no time to rest for LAFC, as they are scheduled to host the San Jose Earthquakes at The Banc on Saturday afternoon in a league clash.

LAFC is coming off a 3-1 loss to LA Galaxy in US Open Cup play on Wednesday. That scenario is sadly familiar to LAFC, who have yet to beat the Galaxy at Carson, and look flat and scared at that moment in the game. With the Open Cup mission over for 2022, they still have the Supporters Shield to worry about, as they currently sit top of the table, but with just a two-point lead going in. A win is a must if they want the Shield, and they’ll need to bounce back quickly so as not to lose the competition leaving them with a season-changing setback.

The quake also came from an Open Cup disappointment, as they lost 2-0 to USL Championship team Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday in Sacramento. The earthquakes greatly rotated their lineup, but mostly out of necessity, as interim head coach Alex Covelo’s hand was forced on most decisions regarding availability. But since sacking Matias Almeyda a few games into the season, San Jose has improved, with Covelo no longer advocating the true YOLO tactics of his predecessor and making adjustments to give the team a chance. More often than not, it works, as they are currently on a four-match unbeaten run in league play.

I know the Quakes were beaten early in LAFC history and then found the black-and-gold numbers the last few years, but this San Jose team isn’t the same one we’ve seen the last four years. Expect them to play like an MLS tier team and maybe a bit better, and we’ll see which team can avoid the dreadful week following the USOC flop a few days ago.

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Injuries/absenteeism:

LAFC:

  • Jesus David Murillo (suspended) — OUT
  • Diego Palacios (concussion) — OUT
  • Erik Dueñas (knee) — OUT
  • Julian Gaines (hip) — OUT
  • Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (quad) — QUESTIONED
  • Franco Escobar (calf) — QUESTION
  • Carlos Vela (quad) — INQUIRED

San Jose:

  • Francisco Calvo (international duty) — OUT
  • Ousseni Bouda (international duty) — OUT
  • Gilbert Fuentes (personal reasons) — OUT
  • George Asomani (ankle) — OUT
  • Siad Haji (adductor) — OUT
  • Niko Tsakiris (thigh) — OUT
  • Marcos Lopez (hip) — QUESTION
  • Jackson Yueill (thigh) — QUESTION

Possibility:

According to our partners in DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Thursday afternoon, LAFC are (-225), San Jose (+600) and draw (+380), so LAFC are big favorites again at home. Let’s see if they can avoid the hangover out of the Open Cup here.

How to Watch:

Saturday’s match between LAFC and San Jose Earthquakes will be broadcast nationally on UniMás and TUDN and broadcast in English on Twitter. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. PT with kickoff at 3:08 p.m.

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