FT: LAFC 1, D.C. United 1 - A bit of good and bad for LAFC on the night. You can read the full recap here.
84th minute: Goal, D.C. A nifty bit of teamwork undoes LAFC’s last-ditch defending, and it’s a tie game.
68th minute: No era penal! Zoltan Stieber is called for a handball in the box off a Jordan Harvey cross. It goes to Video Review, is called off, a few minutes after Laurent Ciman escaped a penalty call following Video Review!
45+2nd minute: Red card! Dejan Jakovic sent off for a studs-up tackle on Paul Arriola. Definitely looked like a foul but a red seems a bit strong, but it is what it is.
45+1st minute: Save! Tyler Miller makes a double stop, with the second save sliding off his foot. May have been a bit lucky, but it did the job and LAFC maintain their lead.
39th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Diego Rossi slots in the bouncing ball in the box to put the hosts ahead after a bit of a frustrating start to the game.
LAFC give Tristan Blackmon his first start, at right back in place of Steven Beitashour, who doesn’t make the 18, presumably due to injury.
D.C. roll out the same XI that won in San Jose last week:
Los Angeles Football Club are back in action on Saturday night in league play, as they’ll host D.C. United in the teams’ first-ever meeting, at Banc of California Stadium.
Based on the teams’ positions in the standings, this looks like an easy win for LAFC on paper. LAFC have six wins on the season, while D.C. only have two so far, and the DMV squad are on a frankly crazy schedule, playing just two home games at temporary venues prior to the opening of their new stadium on July 14. That’s right, LAFC will only have the newest stadium in MLS for a few months.
But there are a few mitigating factors that may make this game a little trickier than the basic numbers indicate. Walker Zimmerman and Omar Gaber are off on international duty, while Laurent Ciman and Carlos Vela get one more game before they head out, and Steven Beitashour may sit out due to injury. Plus, D.C. are coming off a road win, against the San Jose Earthquakes, and they stayed in California all week, so their confidence will be up and they don’t have much to lose at this point.
How to Watch LAFC vs. D.C. United:
The match broadcast is scheduled start at 7 pm PT. Kickoff will come around 7:07 pm. You can watch the game on YouTubeTV or UniMás 46 in the Los Angeles blackout zone, or on ESPN+ in the rest of the United States.
Pre-match reading materials:
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