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LAFC move on without Diego Rossi, host Sporting K.C.

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Los Angeles FC lost an opportunity for a much-needed win last weekend. With a matchup against Sporting Kansas City, the second-place team in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, looming Friday night, LAFC is in a tough spot as September begins.

To compound matters, 11th-place LAFC (6-9-6, 24 points) just said goodbye to one of its top players, forward Diego Rossi.

Rossi’s loan to a top team in Turkey, Fenerbahce, was finalized Wednesday. The designated player from Uruguay is off to his new team, and with him go 57 goals over 120 games in black and gold.

“The timing of the summer (transfer) window in MLS is difficult,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley told the league website. “If you lose players in the middle of the season, or after the middle of season … it’s difficult. It’s just something that’s part of the situation.”

The situation is looking good for Sporting Kansas City, which takes on a struggling LAFC side currently on a club-record, eight-game winless run that includes three draws and five losses. Sporting K.C. (11-4-7, 40 points) have either won or drawn six straight games and are within striking distance of first-place Seattle.

Sporting Kansas City have lost just one of their last 12 MLS matches, but the past three have all ended in draws.

On Friday, the club will be without top goal-scorer Daniel Salloi and his 12 goals, as Salloi was tabbed to play World Cup qualifying matches for Hungary. Still, SKC are outscoring opponents 11-2 in a current six-game unbeaten streak away from home.

“Rossi was a very good player for (LAFC),” Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. “We’re all kind of in the same world. …

“We know we’re in for a huge, huge battle against them. The last thing that we ever do with anybody is take anyone lightly, because first off, we’re not that good, and second, you can’t do that in this league.”

–Field Level Media

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