LAFC finished a good regular season of the MLS, after ending seventh in the Western Conference. The team coached by Bob Bradley earned 32 points out of 22 games and will now have to face Seattle Sounders in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. But, until now, there could be some unexpected absences.
The first two players who were confirmed out are José Cifuentes and Diego Palacios, both Ecuadorians who traveled to play the World Cup Qualifiers with their national team and were infected with COVID-19. To start, those losses were going to be an important issue for the coach. But that wasn’t all.
This Wednesday it was confirmed that Diego Rossi suffered COVID-19 as well, after traveling with Uruguay national team and is probably that he will lose the game against Seattle Sounders. His absence arrives in a very bad moment for LAFC, as he finished the regular season as the top-scorer and was the team’s greatest player so far.
Bob Bradley will now have to make a team with these three absences and his anger is ever bigger, as none of these players added minutes while traveling with their national team. The pressure is now higher for Carlos Vela, who will have to show his capacity and carry the team.