Mar 21, 2015; Carson, CA, USA; A general view of the the MLS Cup banners hung up at the StubHub Center prior to the game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Curt Onalfo’s LA Galaxy II and Preki’s Sacramento Republic meet in an important USL Western Conference showdown at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Mar. 28. The Galaxy are coming off a scoreless draw with Real Monarchs to open up the season, while Sacramento opened up their USL title defense with a 4-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC 2. As an aside, a correction: since the venue has been moved from the main stadium to the Track & Field Stadium, there will be no live blog of this contest.
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Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised online by LAGalaxy.com. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Saturday’s match between LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic.
1. At least 40 fouls, under four cards
In a fast-paced contest like this, there will be ample amounts of physical play. The View From Avalon is boldly predicting for at least 40 fouls whistled and under four cards issued.
2. Patrick McClain with at least three saves
Sacramento Repuiblic FC goalkeeper Patrick McClain had a rough night in goal against Seattle, but against Los Angeles, you can expect the Republic FC netminder to get right. The View is boldly predicting for at least three saves from the former OC Blues netminder.
3. Clement Diop with at least three saves
Galaxy II goalkeeper Clement Diop did well enough to secure his first shutout of the season against Real Monarchs SLC. Against Sacramento Republic, it should be more of the same, as Diop records at least three saves on the night.
4. No goals for LA Galaxy II
This will go down as one of the more forgettable outings for the home side, given their lack of finishing form against Real Monarchs. The View From Avalon is boldly predicting for no goals scored from LA Galaxy II on Saturday night.
5. Octavio Guzman will score
Octavio Guzman scored in last weekend’s contest between Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Sacramento Republic and should be finding his scoring touch again. The View From Avalon predicts that Guzman will score in the first half.
6. Justin Braun will score
Justin Braun has been a boon to Sac Republic last year and he returns again for another go at things. Braun is boldly predicted to score in the second half for the visitors.
7. James Kiffe with a goal and assist
James Kiffe was a player that really delivered for Sacramento Republic last season, and he should be on goal again in this contest. The View From Avalon is boldly predicting for a goal and an assist from Kiffe in this match.
8. No goals from David Estrada
One player that has some hype to him but won’t get in on goal is David Estrada. Estrada almost got in on goal early against Sounders 2, and he will come close a few times this weekend but will not deliver against LA Galaxy II.
9. No goals from Mickey Daly
Another player that was instrumental in Sacramento’s title run last year was Mickey Daly. However, The View From Avalon doesn’t believe he will be on the scoresheet this match. The View boldly predicts that Daly will not record a goal or an assist.
10. More of the same from Sacramento Republic
This is a game where you will see more of the same from Sacramento Republic. From the author’s perspective, it’s clear that Sacramento are Los Angeles’s bogey team, and it’s going to rear its ugly head again on Saturday.
Sacramento Republic FC 3, LA Galaxy II 0
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