Los Angeles FC will not win new international stars Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini in their lineup at Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. They aren't eligible until next week's "El Trafico" to play against Crosstown rival Galaxy.
But LAFC has goalkeeper Maxim Crepo. Canada's international Crepo will return to Vancouver, where he played in 2019-21.
Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavalini said he had already exchanged Barb with Crepo for upcoming matches.
"It's always okay to play against a friend, but in the end I want to play against him," Cavalini told Vancouver Sun. "It's not easy, but you have to find the ball behind the net, and I'm worried about the team's performance and I'm getting these three points."
It's not easy for Whitecaps (6-8-3, 21 points) to play against the league's top LAFC (11-3-3, 36 points). The team met in Los Angeles on March 20th and the host won 3-1.
"They win almost every match," said Whitecaps coach Vanni Saltini. "So we have to think about ourselves and think about doing good performance, and I believe that if we do good performance, we have a chance to win ... difficult. It will be, but it won't be impossible. "
Whitecaps has been 8-2-2 in all tournaments since the beginning of May, this season. I lost to (4-1-3) only once at home. They visited New England last weekend and got a 0-0 draw.
LAFC have been undefeated in the last four games (3-0-1), with Damsovsky, Cristian Arango and Kwadooopok scoring on Wednesday, Carlos Vela scoring two assists and FC Dallas three. I beat it with -1. Arango has been counted for 4 games in a row.
"I felt he could score a goal at any moment of the match," said LAFC coach Steve Cerndro. "Controlled, mature and excellent performance."
What about the imminent arrival of Veil and Chiellini?
"We are already in a good mood, and adding Vail and Chiellini brings a lot of excitement," said Musovsky. "I think it all works really well, and it will be a lot of energy, and I think a lot of people around the league are watching our game. Obviously it has a lot of expectations. Bring, but I think we're ready for it. "
– Field-level media