93rd minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Laurent Ciman came up with his second free kick goal of the season! LAFC win!
Halftime: Well, not like there hasn’t been action, but it’s been a very cagey first half. Few chances by LAFC, Seattle had the better looks overall, and probably the biggest non-event is that Ozzie Alonso probably should have gotten sent off in the first 20 minutes or so.
Here’s hoping the second half has far more excitement!
Looks like a 4-3-3 today, with Omar Gaber getting his first career MLS start. Dejan Jakovic departs in his place.
Update: Torres is out, and Kim Kee-Hee is in:
The Sounders are going with Gustav Svensson in central defense next to Roman Torres, and Clint Dempsey is starting after he came off the bench in the last game.
The star on the night will be Banc of California Stadium, years in the making, hundreds of millions of dollars to construct, and a place that looks like it will be rocking for the first game and many more to come. It’s sure to be a special night on that alone.
But of course there will also be a soccer game. The Sounders are coming off a win and are determined to exact some revenge for LAFC’s inaugural win in Seattle on opening day. LAFC are also coming off a win, and will be hoping their form continues after finally getting to play at home.
Officially, only Luis Lopez is out injured for LAFC, and there are no suspensions. Carlos Vela did not train at the end of the week, and while a bit of uncertainty is bubbling up that he may not play against the Sounders, it appears he’ll be ready to go and Bob Bradley said he would be playing.
For the Sounders, Jordan Morris continues to be out with his torn ACL and Harry Shipp joins him as unavailable. There may be a shortage of center backs, with Chad Marshall and Kim Kee-Hee both listed as questionable and reports that they may not feature. If that’s the case, Tony Alfaro (who earned a red card against LAFC) or Gustav Svensson could pair up with Roman Torres in Seattle’s defense. We shall see.
How to Watch LAFC vs. Seattle Sounders:
The match broadcast starts at 6 pm PT. Kickoff will likely be closer to 6:30. Everyone in the United States can watch the game on FS1 or Fox Deportes.
Pre-match reading materials:
- Match preview
- Three Questions on Seattle with Sounder at Heart
- Striking the balance between profit and affordability at The Banc
- Some bulletin board material on both sides
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