Full time: Atlanta 5-0 LAFC. An ugly match for the visitors. Check out the full recap here.
97th minute: Ugh, another goal for Atlanta. Romario Williams comes off the bench to add some punctuation on a blowout. 5-0
92nd minute: It gets worse! Joao Moutinho sent off for a second yellow card after the ball goes off his arm on a free kick. Almiron scores another penalty (yes, you read that right). 4-0
88th minute: Oh, geez. Walker Zimmerman judged to have fouled Miguel Almiron with a sliding tackle in the box, upon Video Review. Almiron scores the penalty to make it 3-0.
67th minute: Josef Martinez scores for Atlanta to extend the lead to 2-0. Womp womp.
Halftime: Atlanta lead 1-0. LAFC played a lot better in the final 20 minutes of the first half, but they’re still struggling to get going here. Here’s hoping Bob Bradley and the group will regroup and come out much stronger in the second half.
43rd minute: No LAFC goal, but they’re inching closer, with Latif Blessing having a couple chances in the past few minutes, one saved by Brad Guzan, the other blocked by Miles Robinson. LAFC still trailing 1-0.
17th minute: Julian Gressel puts Atlanta ahead with a simple tap-in after LAFC forget about him running to the backpost. Woof, that was a rough one.
1st minute: Red card! Atlanta defender Chris McCann is shown a straight red for trucking Benny Feilhaber in midfield. But...Video Review overturns the call and McCann is welcomed back onto the field, getting only a yellow card.
LAFC make one change, one expected, as Walker Zimmerman will make his debut for the club in central defense.
Atlanta United had to make some changes for suspensions and injury reasons, and they’re running with Miles Robinson, making his MLS debut, in central defense, and seldom-used Mikey Ambrose as left wingback. Chris McCann, normally a midfielder, plays again in defense, after putting in a good shift last week.
Los Angeles Football Club head east for the first time in their very short history, as they are in Georgia to take on Atlanta United FC on Saturday afternoon. It’s LAFC’s fourth game ever, and coming against Atlanta, who have lost three of 19 total home games in their MLS history, means it won’t be an easy game for the newest team on the block.
LAFC don’t have any suspensions, and the only apparent injuries are holdovers from preseason, in Omar Gaber and Luis Lopez. Atlanta, however, have a slew of absences, from starting center back Leandro Gonzalez Pirez out due to red card suspension, to fellow starting defender Franco Escobar out, and most expensive player in MLS history Ezequiel Barco still too injured to make his MLS debut. Jeff Larentowicz and Greg Garza could also be injury risks, although neither has been ruled out.
Both teams like to attack and have shown vulnerabilities in defense, so everyone’s expecting a shootout. We’ll see!
How to Watch Atlanta United vs. LAFC:
Broadcast on ESPN starts at 2 pm PT. Kickoff will likely be a few minutes later.
Pre-match reading materials:
- Match preview
- Three Questions on Atlanta United with Dirty South Soccer
- Laurent Ciman tells LAFC to move on from first loss
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