Full time: LAFC 5, Impact 3. That was a hell of a match. Here’s our full recap. Thanks for following!
89th minute: Goal! Blessing gets in on the action, as he scores after Bush’s save on Ureña squirts between the goalkeeper’s legs. The game looks like it’s wrapped up now.
83nd minute: Penalty! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Diego Rossi earns the chance from Lovitz. Vela steps up and converts the penalty, although Bush gets a hand on it. Comeback complete...can they hold on?
57th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOL! It wasn’t pretty but Jukka Raitala bundles the ball into his own goal after Ciman and Latif Blessing get touches on it in front of goal. Tie ballgame!
52nd minute: Benny Feilhaber scores inside the box, with a well-placed shot off good build-up in the box. One more goal down for LAFC, they’ve got work to do, but that helps a lot.
Halftime: What a weird, weird half of soccer. LAFC are well behind, but they have hope in that the Impact are down to 10 men. Of course, sometimes teams that go down a man defend even better, somehow, and with a two-goal cushion Montreal will have that luxury.
43rd minute: Welp, Piatti completes his hat trick with a pass from over the top. LAFC back in a big hole — can they get back in the game?
36th minute: SO CLOSE. A great buildup from LAFC falls to Carlos Vela in the box with only Bush to beat, but Bush gets enough of a stop with his legs to keep the ball out. Still 2-1 Impact.
33rd minute: Ureña takes the penalty, and it’s saved by Evan Bush. That’s a bummer.
31st minute: Victor Cabrera trips Marcos Ureña in the box and is given a straight red card. A penalty is also called.
24th minute: GOAL! Laurent Ciman grabs his first goal for LAFC with a line drive free kick from in front of the 18-yard box. What an occasion, and of course it’s the Belgian who helps claw LAFC back into the game.
16th minute: Piatti scores his second goal. This one’s from the penalty spot, after Miller fouls him in the box. Not a good start for LAFC.
9th minute: Impact goal. Ignacio Piatti pounces on a rebound from a Tyler Miller punch in the box to hit the upper 90. LAFC have held the ball aside from the disallowed goal and this, but the Impact are on the board first.
3rd minute: Close call! Daniel Lovitz scores on a simple header from Saphir Taider’s cross, but it’s immediately chalked off as offside. Game is still 0-0.
No surprise, as LAFC’s XI remains unchanged from last week:
The Impact’s lineup is pretty much as expected, too, with a double false No. 9 set-up and also a three/five-man backline like LAFC:
Los Angeles Football Club conclude their inaugural six-game road trip with the longest trip of the season, as they’ll face the Montreal Impact for a breakfast-time kickoff at Stade Saputo. The trip? Just a hair under 3,000 miles from LA!
LAFC are looking to stay perfect against Canadian teams, after defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC last week 2-0. The visitors have no players suspended, although last week’s banned player, defender Joao Moutinho, was listed on the injury report as questionable with a quad injury. Other than long-term injury listed Luis Lopez, LAFC appear to have a clean bill of health.
Don’t be surprised if Bob Bradley goes for the exact same XI as last week. He did make a tactical change for that game, but he’s seemed to prefer rewarding players who seem to be finding success, so I’d expect another three-man central defense, Jordan Harvey starting on the left, and a crew of three primary attackers instead of four.
The Impact are coming off two straight losses. They’ve been on a “two wins, two losses, two wins” run, so if they held form they would win this one. Under new head coach Remi Garde, they’ve looked very good at times and very bad. Hard to predict how they’ll come out.
Oh yeah, Laurent Ciman is coming back to Montreal for the first time. Drama!
How to Watch Montreal Impact vs. LAFC:
The match broadcast starts at 10 am ET. Kickoff will likely be a few minutes after 10 am. The YouTube TV pregame show should start at 9:30 am 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+.
Pre-match reading materials:
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