Full time: LAFC 4, Portland Timbers 1. What a night, as LAFC dominate the Timbers to make it two wins out of two for 2019. Thanks for following, we’ll have plenty of coverage coming out of this match.
68th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Vela gets in on the action himself, cool as you like, with a beautiful curler. Home side leads by three goals now, 4-1.
65th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Adama Diomande comes off the bench and scores with a sliding finish off Vela’s low cross. Black Thunder up two goals now at The Banc.
45th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC. Vela passes to Jordan Harvey, who crosses it low, and Christian Ramirez gets the poke on the stretch to push it in. Black-and-gold up 2-1 just before the break.
32nd minute: Looks like an injury sub as Steven Beitashour comes out and Latif Blessing replaces him. The Blessing right back experiment is on for real here.
29th minute: Portland goal. Jeremy Ebobisse scores off a free kick to tie it up. We’re at 1-1.
14th minute: GOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Mark-Anthony Kaye with the header past Jeff Attinella off Carlos Vela’s corner kick. Good start for the home side.
Same as it ever was for LAFC, who have an unchanged XI from last week’s season opener:
For Portland, it’s also as you were from their season opener:
The Timbers had quite the dpening day thriller, which saw them blow a late 3-2 lead with a 94th minute equalizer at the hands of Colorado Rapids forward Andre Shinyashiki. The game was played in blizzard conditions, breaking the MLS record for the lowest temperature during a game (18 degrees).
This Portland side is nearly the same as the squad that made an unexpected run to the MLS Cup final last year. The Timbers faced LAFC three times last season: twice in league matches (1-1-0) and in the U.S. Open Cup quarter-finals (LAFC 3-2).
Look out for the versatile South American midfield quartet of Diego Valeri, Sebastián Blanco, Diego Chará, and Andy Polo to dominate the midfield and threaten the LAFC backline with deadly runs.
Similarly, LAFC partook in a dramatic Opening Day match. After conceding an early goal to Sporting KC’s Krisztian Nemeth, LAFC equalized by way of a beautifully-placed right-footed strike from Diego Rossi in the 47th minute.
Diego.... ROSSI!!!— LAFC (@LAFC) March 4, 2019
A precision strike by Diego Rossi ties it!! pic.twitter.com/xrxyN4Jm8R
LAFC eventually took control of the match, which was extremely chippy from start to finish. Sporting KC’s Roger Espinoza was sent off in the 84th minute after picking up his second yellow, opening the door for LAFC’s Adama Diomande who hammered a stoppage time winner through the gloves of Tim Melia.
Both teams appear to be at full-strength for this Sunday’s tilt with the exception of LAFC’s Andre Horta, who has been listed as “questionable.” If Horta is active for the match, his presence could be important as LAFC seek to win the midfield battle versus a strong Portland contingent.
Vegas currently favors LAFC at (-143), while listing the Timbers as considerable underdogs (+353). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+298) (Via OddsShark).
How to Watch/Listen
This Sunday’s Western Conference clash between LAFC and the Portland Timbers will be televised by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes starting at 4:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
The game will also be carried by local radio affiliates ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.