LAFC vs Philadelphia Union Live stream: MLS Cup prediction, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds

For the first time since 2003, the MLS Cup will feature the best teams from each conference as Los Angeles FC host the Philadelphia Union. While both teams finished with 67 points, LAFC were able to claim the Supporters’ Shield due to their greater number of wins than the Union, which also earned them hosting duties for the Finals. . There will also be a first-time winner in this MLS Cup as no team has reached the game before.

In a sense, this match shows the best that MLS has to offer in different ways, as LAFC is adept at being in the Hollywood spotlight while Union is homegrown and able to compete despite not spending as much as other teams in the league. Even looking at the coaches, Steve Cherundolo led LAFC to the Finals in his first season in charge while Coach of the Year Jim Curtin is the league’s second longest-serving coach behind Peter Vermes at Sporting Kansas City. .

Both teams have dynamic attacks but neither defense compares to that of Union, who have swept the awards season with Jakob Glesnes winning Defender of the Year and Andre Blake Goalkeeper of the Year. Kai Wagner joined them to make the MLS Best XI of the season. When a team allows just 26 goals in a season, breaking the goals-against record for a 34-game campaign, that’s to be expected.

LAFC and Union have played four times, but while LAFC have won one game, both teams have tied their last three matches, which should indicate a tense final between two tied teams. Between Chicho Arango’s 18 goals and Daniel Gazdag’s 21, defenses will need to be on high alert as a missed tackle can lead to a goal for the opposition.

Here are our scenarios, how you can watch the game and more:

How to watch and odds

  • Date: Saturday 5 Nov | Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Banc of California Stadium — Los Angeles, CA.
  • TV: FOX | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
  • Odds: LAFC-130; Draw +300; Philadelphia Union +310 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Scenarios

LAF: While Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the playoffs due to Cherundolo’s decision to be a healthy scratch, the only injury concern for the Black and Gold is centre-back Eddie Segura. His injury – which caused him to miss the semi-final win over Austin FC – has not been disclosed, but he could qualify for the final. If he can’t go, Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini will enter the line-up.

Planned programming: Crépeau, Hollingshead, Murillo, Chiellini, Palacios, Cifuentes, Ilie Sanchez, Acosta, Vela, Arango, Bouanga.

Philadelphia Union: The biggest question mark for the Union will concern the availability of captain Alejandro Bedoya. Playing just 45 minutes against NYCFC, Bedoya has struggled with injuries in recent weeks which could see Jack McGlynn start the biggest game of his career. No stranger to big moments and with European teams on the prowl, this could be a platform for the 19-year-old local player. Other than that, the Union range is set in stone.

Planned programming: Blake, Mbaizo, Glesnes, Elliott, Wagner, McGlynn, Martinez, Flach, Gazdag, Carranza, Uhre

Prediction

With these teams tied, they will need 120 minutes to decide a winner as LAFC score a goal off the bench to bring things level near the end of regulation. But in added time, the Union will win. Take: LAFC 2, Philadelphia Union 3

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