LAFC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: El Trafico live stream, tv channels, how to watch MLS rivalry games online, odds

The regional power shift between Los Angeles galaxy and Los Angeles F.C has been simmering for years, but it’s never felt more obvious than this season with some of the Splash signings made pre-season and over the summer. Recent history suggests the Galaxy would have been the LA club most likely to add a star caliber player like this Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini. That wasn’t the case in 2022 as the El Trafico rivalry is poised to reach new heights.

With Steve Cherundolo LAFC is taking the helm, leading the Western Conference and the Supporters’ Shield race and has only improved the roster with the addition of Bale and Chiellini. The team even solved their biggest concern with inking Carlo Vela to a contract extension. For such a talented squad, anything but winning the MLS Cup would be a disappointment, but LAFC have lived up to the hype so far.

Gregg Vanney and the Galaxy have improved their stocks this season, but the team still isn’t performing as expected as it’s closer to exiting the playoff position than making it to the top of the conference. Vanney is hoping for the addition of Gaston Brugman parma will help improve their defensive prospects, but that can’t help hide the lack of production Douglas Costawho has scored two goals and no assists in 13 appearances.

When Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Dejan Jovelic need all the help they can get up front, Costa’s struggles put too much pressure on the full-backs. The Galaxy is vulnerable defensively when they venture forward, but offense also has no options when they don’t come onto the field. If Brugman is able to improve those attack chances by providing more Defense Shield, it will help the galaxy stay competitive. Otherwise, they’re an afterthought when listing the top teams in the league.

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How to see and odds

  • date: Friday 8 July | time: 10pm ET
  • location: Banc of California Stadium – Los Angeles, California
  • TV: ESPN | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)
  • Opportunities: LAFC-133; Draw +280; Galaxy +295 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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storylines

LAFC: After receiving his visa, Bale has finally landed in California. Arriving on matchday and not training with the side, it would be hard to imagine Bale cracking the squad, let alone signing minutes off the bench. Nonetheless, there wouldn’t be a more Bale-like Hollywood arrival than stepping off a plane and scoring in this match, which could cause fans of the 3252 to get louder than we’ve ever seen at Banc of California Stadium . Chiellini could make his first start for the team and Cherundolo has almost a clean record for the first time in a long time. Ismael Tajouri Shradi and Brian Rodriguez are questionable but with the depth the team has they will be able to handle things.

Galaxy: In terms of performance, the Galaxy was such a mixed bag. Wins where they scored four goals Austin F.C and CF Montreal have posted a draw to the Portland Woods and Minnesota United along with falling out of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup to the Sacramento Republic. Costa is suspended for this game but that could be a blessing in disguise for Vanney, who doesn’t have to find a new reason to bench his designated player.

forecast

The Galaxy seems to perform at its best when the lights are brightest, but LAFC was unstoppable at its best. During the regular break, LAFC will avenge their loss to Vancouver. Choose: LAFC 3, Galaxy 2

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