Full time: LAFC 4, Orlando City 1. It was nervewracking for a while, but LAFC weather the storm and win big. Check out our full recap of the match.
84th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOAL LAFC! Diego Rossi gets a tap-in from Blessing’s assist. Rossi comes off the bench and pads the lead, awesome.
83rd minute: GOOOOOOOOOOAL LAFC! Adama Diomande grinds for his second, as his standing bicycle kick goes just over the line on a scramble.
72nd minute: No Goal! Meram set up Dwyer, but after Video Review, referee Chris Penso called off the goal, for apparent offside. LAFC holding on right now.
59th minute: Goal, Orlando. Sacha Kljestan scores on a counterattack after Walker Zimmerman slips in midfield.
54th minute: No goal! Diomande scores after Bendik spills the save, but the goal is chalked off for offside. Looks like the right call.
32nd minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Latif Blessing gets the tally this time, with Kaye and Aaron Kovar setting him up for the tap-in. Keep it up, LAFC!
28th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOAL! This time, Diomande scores, as Mark-Anthony Kaye supplies him with the patient finish!
26th minute: Offside! Adama Diomande heads it in, but it’s called off for offside. Bummer.
25th minute: Orlando City captain Jonathan Spector is hurt and immediately comes off. Chris Schuler is first man up off the bench in response. Still scoreless on a steamy evening.
More of the same for LAFC, with Latif Blessing back in the lineup after his injury in Houston:
Orlando City are basically playing close to a first-choice lineup in James O’Connor’s first game:
LAFC may be in fine form, and Orlando City may be on an eight-game losing streak in league play, but this will be the first game for new head coach James O’Connor. Expect the unexpected, or more of the same for a struggling team? We’ll find out.
Good news, as Latif Blessing wasn’t listed on the injury report, alongside goalkeepers Luis Lopez and Quillan Roberts and midfielders Eduard Atuesta and Omar Gaber (Diego Rossi was listed as questionable again). That doesn’t mean Blessing isn’t hurt or will definitely be in the lineup for this match, but not being on the injury report means whatever he suffered against Houston on Tuesday may not be serious, and that would obviously be a good thing. Meanwhile, Will Johnson is out suspended for Orlando, while defenders Scott Sutter and Lamine Sane are out injured.
How to Watch LAFC vs. Orlando City SC:
The match broadcast is scheduled start at 8 pm PT. Kickoff will come around 8:05 pm. You can watch the game on on FS1 in the United States.
Pre-match reading materials:
- Match preview
- LAFC will need to wary against Orlando with new manager
- Game pushed back to night kickoff due to extreme heat in Los Angeles
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