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 top teams in each conference as Los Angeles FC host the Philadelphia Union. While both teams finished with 67 points, LAFC was able to win the Supporters’ Shield due to having more wins than the Union, also allowing them to earn hosting duties for the final. There will also be a first-time winner in this MLS Cup, as no team has reached the match before.

In a sense, This match showcases the best that MLS has to offer in different ways, as LAFC is suited to the Hollywood spotlight, while the Union and domestic and are able to compete despite not spending as much as other teams in the league. Even looking at the managers, Steve Cherundolo led LAFC to the final in his first season in charge, while manager of the year Jim Curtin is the second longest-serving manager in the league behind Peter Vermes at Sporting Kansas City.

Both teams have dynamic attacks, but neither defense compares to Union’s, which swept the awards season with Jakob Glesnes winning defender of the year and Andre Blake winning goalkeeper of the year. Kai Wagner joined them in the best MLS lineup 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 the Union have played four times, but while LAFC have won one game, the two teams have drawn their last three matches together, which should indicate a tense final between two teams that are tied for a tie. Between Chicho Arango’s 18 goals and Daniel Gazdag’s 21, defenses will have to be alert as a missed tackle can lead to a goal for the opposition.

Here are our stories, how to watch the match and more:

How to watch and odds

  • Date: Saturday, November 5 | year: 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Banc of California Stadium — Los Angeles, California.
  • TV: FOX | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try free)
  • Chance: LAFC -130; Draw +300? Philadelphia Union +310 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Selected game | Los Angeles FC vs. Philadelphia

Stories

LAFC: While Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the play-offs 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 make the final. If he cannot go, the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini will enter the starting line-up.

Intended composition: Crepeau, Hollingshead, Murillo, Chiellini, Palacios, Cifuentes, Ilie Sanchez, Acosta, Vela, Arango, Bouanga.

Philadelphia Union: The biggest question mark for the Union will be around the availability of captain Alejandro Bedoya. Playing just 45 minutes against NYCFC, Bedoya has been dealing with injuries in recent weeks, which could see Jack McGlynn start the biggest game of his career. He is no stranger to the big moments and with European teams watching, it could be a platform for the 19-year-old native. Outside of that, the Union lineup is solid.

Intended composition: Blake, Mbaizo, Glesnes, Elliott, Wagner, McGlynn, Martinez, Flach, Gazdag, Carranza, Uhre

Prophecy

With how evenly matched these teams are, it will take 120 minutes to decide a winner as LAFC scores a goal off the bench to tie things up near the end of regulation. But the Union will prevail in extra time. Choose: LAFC 2, Philadelphia Union 3

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