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Conference Semifinals: Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC Preview

Last Updated on November 20, 2023 12:24 pm by Erwin Noguera

The Western Conference will experience one of its semifinals with two heavyweight teams, as the Seattle Sounders will face LAFC, the league’s reigning champions. 

Seattle did not have an easy time against FC Dallas and needed three games to qualify for the semifinals. They won the decisive match 1-0 with a goal by Albert Rusnak. 

Los Angeles had no trouble eliminating the Vancouver Whitecaps. In the first game they won 5-2 and the second ended 1-0.


Sunday, November 26, 9:30 p.m. ET at the Lumen Field

Moneyline odds: 

Seattle Sounders +130 

LAFC +215

Draw Offs:


Where Can I Watch? 

MLS Season Pass on Apple TV 

Why Bet on the Seattle Sounders?

Seattle Sounders is a team used to fighting for important things in MLS, thanks to its long-lasting project with the same coach since 2016, when the American Brian Schmetzer took the reins. In his record, this coach has two titles and two runner-up finishes in the MLS Cup. 

The Sounders needed three games to eliminate FC Dallas. In the first they won 2-0, in the second they lost 3-1, while in the last they won 1-0 thanks to Albert Rusnak. 

The Seattle team scored 53 points in 34 regular-season matches, winning 14 games, drawing 11 and losing 9. It scored 41 goals, one of the worst marks among the qualified teams. Forward Jordan Morris is the club’s top scorer with 13. 

But a not-so-good offense does force the team to have a great defense, which it did, conceding only 32 goals. The best team in the league, Cincinnati FC, conceded 39, for comparison. 

The only injured player is midfielder Dylan Teves, who will miss the rest of the season for Seattle. There are no players at risk of suspension.

Why Bet on LAFC?

Los Angeles FC are the reigning MLS champions. Thus, they are a team with a hierarchy that can blow out any title contenders. 

This was demonstrated in the series against Vancouver Whitecaps, as they advanced without much trouble. They won the first match 5-2 and the second one 1-0, thanks to a goal by Denis Bouanga. 

The French-Gabonese player is the season’s top scorer, with 23 goals and 7 assists. That allowed the California side to win a total of 14 matches, draw 10, and lose 10. 

LAFC come into this match on a hot streak, as they have not lost in their last five matches, winning four and drawing one. They have only lost one of their most recent nine matches, and that was the first one in October against Real Salt Lake by a 1-0 score. 

The good news for the team coached by Steve Cherundolo is that the team is fully available for the match against the Seattle Sounders.

Final Betting Analysis: Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC 

Seattle Sounders is a team of great level, but at home, they have not always been as strong as expected. The win and qualification will go to LAFC, who have the best striker in the tournament in Bouanga and have the experience of being the reigning MLS champions. 

The numbers at have Seattle Sounders as the favorites, as their Moneyline shows +130. Meanwhile, LAFC has +215, and the draw is at +260. 

The last meeting this season between these two teams ended with a 1-0 victory for the Californians with a goal by Mateusz Bogusz. 

Go for a win in Los Angeles’ Moneyline. If you bet $100 at +130, you will gain $130 for a total payout of $230. 

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