Full time: LAFC 5, Galaxy 3. THEY DID IT! LAFC WON IN THE PLAYOFFS! THEY BEAT THE GALAXY! REJOICE, REJOICE!
80th minute: GOOOOOOOL LAFC! Diomande gets his second of the night with a terrific individual effort, taking the ball just over the center line and dribbling all the way to paydirt. HOLD ON HOLD ON PLEASE HOLD ON
77th minute: Goal Galaxy. Rolf Feltscher is off the bench and he has an easy score, a wide-open header off Romain Alessandrini’s free kick. Buckle up, LAFC NEED TO HOLD ON HERE
68th minute: GOOOOOOL LAFC! Adama Diomande scores on his return to LAFC, with an easy header off Diego Rossi’s terrific header. LAFC up 4-2, JUST HOLD ON
66th minute: GOOOOOOL LAFC! Diego Rossi with the go-ahead strike, bettering Zlatan’s goal at the other end. The black-and-gold are ahead, LET’S HOLD ONTO THIS LEAD
55th minute: Goal LAFC. Zlatan with a routine shot and Tyler Miller lets it squirt through his legs. What a gaffe, my word. Game’s now 2-2, we’re back to square one.
Halftime: LAFC leading 2-1. The talk at the half is that Rodriguez apparently was offside on the buildup to the second goal, so perhaps the Galaxy strike was karmic justice. LAFC are on top but the Galaxy have the most recent goal and there’s still a lot of soccer to be played. Can they see it out and get the win? Stay tuned.
42nd minute: Goal Galaxy. Cristian Pavon makes a backdoor run and gets a feed from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Argentine finishing to cut the lead. Now 2-1 to LAFC.
40th minute: GOOOOOOL LAFC! Brian Rodriguez does most of the work, doing a give-and-go and dribbling upfield, before making the square pass for Vela to easily tap in. LAFC up 2-0.
38th minute: Save! Tyler Miller cleanly catches Dave Romney’s header off a free kick. Still 1-0 at The Banc.
16th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Carlos Vela scores to open the game. Latif Blessing steals the ball, gets it up to Lee Nguyen, who manages to touch it to Diego Rossi. The Uruguayan feeds Vela and he cuts back and scores with his right foot. Let’s go!
15th minute: OFF THE POST! LAFC ping one off the woodwork as Carlos Vela’s free kick nearly goes in. This balances out the deflected shot that also clanged off the post at the other end. Game is still 0-0.
LAFC feature Tristan Blackmon in the 18 for Walker Zimmerman, who is on the bench. Mark-Anthony Kaye isn’t in the 18 at all, while Adama Diomande returns on the bench, as expected.
The Galaxy stick with what worked in their last game.
For the first time in history, El Tráfico will be played in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
By defeating Minnesota United in the Western Conference First Round by a scoreline of 2-1, the Galaxy earned the right to face LAFC for a trip to the Conference Finals.
Bob Bradley’s squad has yet to defeat the Galaxy, but this match has the importance to outweigh all prior results.
LAFC’s key to victory, once again, will consist of the backline’s ability to suppress Zlatan Ibrahimovic from taking the game into his own hands. Eddie Segura and Walker Zimmerman will need to put forth great performances in order to prevent Zlatan from dominating aerial duels and running in behind the defense.
Also, the battle on the flanks between LAFC’s fullbacks and Galaxy wingers Cristian Pavon and Uriel Antuna will be crucial. If LAFC can win these battles, the squad will be in good position to come out victorious.
Bookmakers currently favor LAFC at (-230), while listing the Galaxy as road underdogs (+475). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+400) (Via Bovada).
How to Watch:
Thursday’s Western Conference Playoff tilt between LAFC and the Galaxy will be televised by ESPN starting at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
The game will also be carried by local radio affiliates ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.