Two football clubs will enter Saturday’s match undefeated in a battle of East vs. West.
The Los Angeles Football Club comes in with a record of (4-0-1) as they prepare to take on Wayne Rooney and D.C. United who will also enter the match undefeated at (3-0-1).
The match is set to take place at Audi Stadium in Washington D.C., where D.C. United has been unbeaten in their last 11 regular season games. Coach Bob Bradley will look to change that as his club leads the league in: goals (15), assists (14), shots (89), shots on goal (34) and goals differential (+10).
LAFC hopes to build off their fantastic 5-0 road win over the San Jose Earthquakes, where forward Carlos Vela recorded his first MLS hat trick and the club won their first road game of the season.
Vela was voted MLS player of the week for week five of the season and currently leads the league in: goals (6), shots (26), shots on goal (10) and is tied for assists (3). Vela and the LAFC offense will have their hands full as D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has only allowed one goal.
D.C. United defender Chris McCann said, “Its always going to be a tough game, they’ve got some fantastic players; people are already talking about him (Vela) being the MVP already so soon in the season,” when asked what he expects this weekend.
Rooney, who currently has four goals in four matches, will be on the attack early as LAFC’s goalkeeper Tyler Miller has allowed five goals on the season.
Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye said, “I don’t want to say any predictions now for MLS cup or anything, but I think that this could be a match-up of in the future where East vs West for it all.”
LAFC has three players who are ruled out for match:
-Andrew Horta (MID): right quad strain
-Lee Nguyen (MID): right calf strain
-Rodolfo Zeleya (FWD): right calf strain
Horta and Nguyen have been plagued by lingering injuries early on in the season, Horta missed the club’s first four games and Nguyen has been sidelined since week two. Nguyen will be missed greatly as he has the most experience playing against D.C. United, registering 14 games played along with two goals and two assists.
Last year, the two clubs met for the first time in Los Angeles where the match result was a 1-1 draw.
Saturday’s match will be aired on FOX 12 p.m. PT | 3 p.m. ET