Final: Whitecaps 0, LAFC 1 — It was a good win for LAFC, just what the doctor ordered. You can read the full recap here.
70th minute: Goooooooooal! Diego Rossi pounces on sloppy defending in the back, as Marcos Ureña helps keep the play alive for LAFC before Rossi scores an insurance goal.
59th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Carlos Vela with another beautiful shot that goes into the top corner. What a beauty.
39th minute: Mark-Anthony Kaye forces a save from Stefan Marinovic after a nice cutback. LAFC are knocking, but need to get the ball in the back of the net.
28th minute: Off the crossbar! Benny Feilhaber’s free kick is flicked on with a header from Walker Zimmerman, but it bounces off the crossbar. So close!
17th minute: Save! Tyler Miller blocks Alphonso Davies’ long shot.
Two changes for LAFC. One is expected, with Jordan Harvey starting at left back for the suspended Joao Moutinho. The other is that Bradley is opting for a three-man defense, with Dejan Jakovic getting the call and Latif Blessing having to come out:
One big surprise for Vancouver, as Kei Kamara is out injured, and the other new forward, Anthony Blondell, is also out injured, so Erik Hurtado starts:
Los Angeles Football Club continue their series of firsts with their first trip abroad on Friday (hey, it is another country), as they will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place for their first ever weeknight match.
Both teams are coming off losses, LAFC off their first-ever losing streak and their worst loss to date. The road trip seems to be getting a little long, but they’ve only got two more road games before they will open up Banc of California Stadium on April 29.
Joao Moutinho, who has started every game so far for LAFC, is suspended after his late red card last week, so expect Jordan Harvey to get the start at left back. It’s fitting, too, since Harvey spent several seasons with the Whitecaps before making the Free Agent move to LAFC in the offseason.
On the injury front, Luis Lopez continues to be out, but Omar Gaber could make the bench for this one, as he is listed as questionable. I doubt he starts but he could make his MLS debut, potentially. On Vancouver’s side, the only player listed as out is midfielder Jordon Mutch, who is new to the team and was still getting into the swing of things.
Which team will emerge? We’ll find out in the first competitive match between the sides.
How to Watch Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. LAFC:
The match broadcast starts at 7 pm PT. Kickoff will likely be a few minutes later. The YouTube TV pregame show should start at 6:30 pm on the dedicated LAFC channel, while the game can also be viewed in the Los Angeles area on UniMás 46.
Those who live outside the local blackout zone can watch the game on ESPN+ (you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of the service for the next six days). This will be the first day MLS Live games will be on ESPN+, with all non-national MLS games on the new streaming service moving forward for those outside of the local blackout zone.
Pre-match reading materials:
- Match preview
- A lighthearted look at the Whitecaps
- Alexi Lalas to call the game alongside Max Bretos on YouTube TV
- Will LAFC struggle on the BC Place turf?
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