Full time: LAFC 0, Portland Timbers 0. Nothing separating the teams in the first of back-to-back games between the teams at The Banc. Check out the recap from the game right here.
84th minute: Red card! Lee Nguyen gets a straight red card after a tussle with Sebastian Blanco. Blanco was so hot he almost started fighting LAFC.
49th minute: Off the post. Samuel Armenteros almost scores against LAFC for the second game in a row, but his shot to the far post clangs off the goal and away. Another close call for LAFC.
Halftime: No goals so far, but LAFC played their way into the action as the first 45 unfolded. What will happen in the 2nd half? We’re about to find out.
32nd minute: Save! Adama Diomande forces a save from Jeff Attinella off a volley. So close to the breakthrough right there.
5th minute: Close call! Diego Valeri strips Benny Feilhaber at the top of LAFC’s box, but Tyler Miller makes a crucial save to keep the Timbers off the board.
LAFC will play basically who you expect, Carlos Vela starts, Diego Rossi starts, while Latif Blessing and Marco Ureña will be available on the bench.
The Timbers look like they might be playing a 3-5 man backline, depending on where Lawrence Olum sets up.
LAFC finally have the closest thing to a full-strength roster they’ve had in their short history, and it will be interesting to see how Bob Bradley uses the players at his disposal. Of particular note, this is the first game new Designated Player Andre Horta is eligible to play in, but he is listed as “questionable” on the team’s injury report and so it’s unclear if he will play in this game or not.
The Timbers are the hottest team in MLS, 11 games unbeaten in league play and 13 across all competitions. That is totally relevant for LAFC, especially considering the Black-and-Gold will be playing them in both league play and the U.S. Open Cup in the next week.
How will this game play out between Western Conference contenders? Should be a good one.
How to Watch LAFC vs. Portland Timbers:
The match broadcast is scheduled start at 3 pm PT. Kickoff will come around 3:08 pm. You can watch the game on on ESPN in the United States.
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