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Last-place LAFC host streaking Rapids

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LAFC will seek to lift themselves off the bottom of the Western Conference table when they welcome the Colorado Rapids to Banc of California Stadium on Saturday night.

Although oddsmakers installed LAFC (1-2-2, 5 points) as early favorites to win the 2021 MLS Cup, they’ve limped out of the gate, going winless in their past four and losing two in a row.

Manager Bob Bradley was without 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela (quadriceps injury) for the first three of those matches. But the 32-year-old Mexican international played the last 20 minutes of last Sunday’s 2-0 loss at the Seattle Sounders and could be in line for more minutes Saturday, if not necessarily a start.

“There is a real discussion of how to handle his minutes,” Bradley said. “No decision has been made. But he’s making progress and his training is getting better every week. You can see him pushing himself. So that’s very positive.”

The only victory for LAFC came in Week 1 at home against expansion side Austin FC.

Meanwhile, the Rapids (3-1-1, 10 points) have won three in a row and scored three times in each of their past two victories, both at home.

In the former, Kellyn Acosta, Cole Bassett and Danny Wilson found the net after halftime to help manager Robin Fraser’s side overcome an early two-goal deficit in a 3-2 win over Minnesota.

In the latter, Michael Barrios had the first two assists for his new club in a more comfortable 3-1 triumph against Houston.

The fourth-place Rapids have yet to face a team currently above them in the West table, but Fraser doesn’t see any reason his side should alter its approach too drastically in Los Angeles.

“It’s going to be, stick to the principles,” he said of his team’s approach. “LAFC is an excellent team. It’s going to be a huge test for us. It’s so much more at this point about us continuing to do the things that we’re doing and getting better at the things we’re trying to get better at.”

–Field Level Media

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