Full time: Sporting KC 2, LAFC 1. Not enough for the visitor, as they finish No. 3 in the West. Check out the full recap here, thanks for following along today.
77th minute: Blessing gets an elbow in the eye from Espinoza and is gushing blood. He’s replaced by Marco Ureña.
72nd minute: Goal SKC. Daniel Salloi has scored his fourth goal in the last three games, as he gets a feed from Khiry Shelton and hits it in just the right spot to beat Miller and put the home side up 2-1.
63rd minute: GOOOOOOOL LAFC! Carlos Vela scores a penalty. Seth Sinovic had been sent off moments earlier for handling the ball in the box on a goal line save on Adama Diomande, and the penalty was called for LAFC. Tie game on a remarkable turn of events.
Halftime: LAFC lucky to be down just one goal. One of their worst halves of the season, and they have to regroup in the second half if they want any chance in the game
37th minute: Goal Sporting. Tyler Miller comes way out to clear a ball, does it successfully, but Sporting pounce on a turnover, get it over to Roger Espinoza eventually, who blasts it from more than 20 yards out.
30th minute: Save SKC! Carlos Vela with an audacious effort out of two defenders’ pressure, on target but Tim Melia catches it out of the air on the stretch. Still 0-0 in a physical game.
LAFC bring back Eduard Atuesta, for Aaron Kovar:
Sporting, meanwhile, stick with the group that delivered a win last time out in Dallas:
LAFC and Sporting are duking it out for first place in the Western Conference, with Sporting holding the edge but LAFC holding their destiny in their hands, as a win over Kansas City will guarantee first place for them going into the playoffs. But Sporting KC are the only team to have beaten LAFC at Banc of California Stadium to date, and Sporting themselves have lost just two games at Children’s Mercy Park this year in league play. Needless to say, it’s going to be a playoff-style match.
No suspensions on either side, with the injury report remaining unchanged, as long-term absences Quillan Roberts and Mark-Anthony Kaye are out, and James Murphy remains sidelined following a concussion. Sporting only have long-term absence Jimmy Medranda out injured, as well as Cristian Lobato.
How to watch Sporting KC vs. LAFC:
The match broadcast is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm PT. Kickoff will come around 1:45. You can watch the game on FS1 and Fox Deportes in the United States.
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