Full time: LAFC 2, Sporting KC 1. What a finish, as Adama Diomande scores the winner with seconds to go. Incredible result. Thanks for following along!
94th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Adama Diomande is in off the bench and grabs the winner! Scenes!
84th minute: Red card! Roger Espinoza gets his marching orders for a foul on Mark-Anthony Kaye. LAFC will have a man advantage, but only for a few minutes. Still 1-1.
47th minute: GOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Diego Rossi with a wonderful individual play, dribbling in from the end past a defender and shooting a curler around to the far post. Now 1-1.
Halftime: It was a busy half, with an unsuccessful VAR, a jillion yellow cards for Sporting for cutting down Carlos Vela (ok, five), and that goal from Nemeth. LAFC are knocking on the door but nothing so far. Sporting lead 1-0.
16th minute: Krisztian Nemeth opens the scoring for Sporting, simple pass from Johnny Russell that the Hungarian stroked into the net. LAFC down 0-1.
6th minute: Carlos Vela opens the scoring for the season on a throughball but...it’s called back. Looked like he might have been offside and that was indeed the call. Still 0-0.
No surprises for LAFC, who roll out with an expected strong lineup:
Sporting, meanwhile, also roll with a strong lineup — not unexpected given Peter Vermes’ m.o., but surprising in the context of their ongoing Concacaf Champions League activities:
KC is coming off an outstanding 2018 campaign in which they led the Western Conference in points with a tally of 62. Sporting’s success has carried over to the Concacaf Champions League, where they defeated Liga MX club Toluca, 5-0 on aggregate. The triumph was headlined by a dominant 2-0 road victory at the Estadio Nemesio Díez, which has proven to be one of the toughest venues in Mexico due to its daunting 8,000 ft. elevation and passionate ultras.
Meanwhile, LAFC had an inconsistent preseason headlined by a 4-1 victory over Vissel Kobe and a 2-2 draw against Atlanta United. The low-point of the preseason, however, was an unforeseen 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Earthquakes. While too much emphasis shouldn’t be placed on preseason games, these matches can swing the momentum of a club going into a season.
On the injury front, Carlos Vela was forced to exit last Saturday’s friendly vs. Vancouver with an injury that Coach Bob Bradley described as a “knee contusion.” Tests on Vela’s knee came back negative, leaving his status for Sunday’s opener as day-to-day. Midfielders Andre Horta and Alejandro Guido have been listed as “out” with Quad Strains, respectively. Forward Josh Perez is currently listed as “questionable” with a hamstring strain
Barring any last-minute training injuries, Sporting KC will be at full strength for Sunday’s match.
Bookmakers currently favor LAFC at (-115), while listing Sporting KC as (+290) underdogs. The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+280) (via Westgate Las Vegas).
How to Watch/Listen:
Sunday’s tilt between Los Angeles Football Club and Sporting KC will be televised nationally by ESPN starting at 5:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
The game will also be carried by local radio affiliates ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.