Our prediction for this MLS match:
San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles FC square off against each other at Earthquakes Stadium in what is expected to be a close MLS encounter. San Jose have been playing some entertaining games of late, with the team losing to Real Salt Lake 3-4, while beating Austin with the same scoreline. A man to watch in the home team will be Mexico international Javier Lopez, who scored five goals in total in the previous two league fixtures, while goalkeeper Matt Bersano remains in the recovery room.
Los Angeles FC, on the other hand, head into the match with a severely-weakened squad as all Atuesta, Blackmon, Duenas, Gaines, Opoku, Quezada, Segura, Sisniega, and Vela have been struggling with injuries of late. Given San Jose’s attacking potential, home win should definitely be considered. When the two teams met at the venue last month San Jose defeated Los Angeles FC 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Danny Hoesen):
After making only one league appearance for Fortuna Sittard, Danny Hoesen joined English club Fulham in 2009, but he did not see any game action for the capital club during his spell at Craven Cottage as he was sent on loan to HJK and Fortuna Sittard.
In 2012 the 186-cm tall attacker signed a deal with Ajax and he scored seven goals in 32 league appearances for the Amstedammers from 2012 to 2014. In 2014 he joined fellow Eredivisie outfit Groningen and during the 2016/2017 season he was on San Jose Earthquakes’ radar. The Dutch footballer, who was born on January 15, 1991 in Heerlen, Limburg will play for the MLS outfit (on loan) in the 2017 season.
Speaking of his international career, Daniel Hoesen has 10 caps for Netherlands U17 team and he made three appearances for the Dutch U21 side. He is still a Groningen player and his contract with the Eredivisie side expires on June 30, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Los Angeles FC):
Seeing that Los Angeles FC will be competing in Major League Soccer from the 2018 season, the club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad. Several high-profile players joined the club in the winter of 2018, with Mexican ace Carlos Vela being the biggest name to sign a deal with LAFC.
The new expansion team will host their rivals at Banc of California, the stadium which is planned to be opened on April 29, 2018. The venue should hold up to 22,000 spectators. Los Angeles FC will be coached by Bob Bradley in the 2018 MLS campaign and they will be wearing black and gold kits in the USA professional soccer league. Speaking of their bitterest rivals, there will be fireworks when Los Angeles FC face LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer.
District 9 Ultras and Black Army 1850 are considered the club's biggest supporters groups and it has to be noted that they used to support Chivas USA. Los Angeles FC were founded on October 30, 2014.