Full time: Fire 3, LAFC 1. Game not on, as LAFC can’t get another goal and lose in Illinois. Check out our full recap over here. Thanks for following along.
73rd minute: GOOOOOOAL LAFC! Diego Rossi gets a goal on the half-volley, and does a lot of work to keep the play alive in the first place. Game on?
66th minute: Aleksandar Katai comes on the field and scores with possibly his first touch? Just over 20 minutes to go and LAFC down 3-0, looks like a bad day for the black-and-gold.
Halftime: LAFC down 2-0. Here’s hoping they wake up and get in gear after the halftime break.
29th minute: Goal Chicago. Nemanja Nikolic converts the penalty after Steven Beitashour brings Brandt Bronico down with a shoulder check. 2-0 hole for LAFC.
20th minute: Goal Chicago. Djordje Mihailovic has an absolute golazo for the Fire, hitting a swerving ball on the volley that Tyler Miller had no chance of stopping. The kind of goal you can’t do very much about, except regroup and try and get a goal of your own.
More or less how you would expect for LAFC. Adama Diomande starts, as does Andre Horta:
The Fire rotate a bit from midweek, although Raheem Edwards, who was a spark midweek against NYCFC, retains his spot. Young goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland remains in for this game:
Much of the talk heading into the game is that it’s a homecoming of sorts for Bob Bradley, whose first pro head coaching job was with the Fire, who he lead to a U.S. Open Cup-MLS Cup double in the team’s expansion season in 1998. Right, you’ve probably heard that plenty already.
LAFC are six games unbeaten and looking to put pressure on the teams ahead of them in the Western Conference, for a shot at a first-round bye in the 2018 playoffs. To do that, they need to pick up points, and Chicago are in a tough spot, having had a terrible season, although they’ve mostly played better the past month or so. This could very easily be a banana peel game for LAFC if they aren’t careful, and don’t forget, the last time they played in the midwest they got spanked by Minnesota United.
No suspensions on either side, and while the Fire have quite a few injury absences, they aren’t key stars on the team.
How to watch Chicago Fire vs. LAFC:
The match broadcast is scheduled to start at 12:30 pm PT. Kickoff will come around 12:55. You can watch the game on Univision or Twitter (yes, you read that right) in the United States.
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