Full time: San Jose 0, LAFC 5. The good times roll for the black-and-gold, as they post their biggest win in club history to date, powered by a monster day from Carlos Vela. Thanks for following along!
68th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Vela sets up Diego Rossi to keep the good times rolling. The rout is truly on here, LAFC up 5-0.
66th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Vela completes the hat trick with a trademark curling golazo!
45+3rd minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Second goal of the game for Vela as LAFC really pile on the goals.
26th minute: GOOOOOOOOOAL LAFC! Eduard Atuesta with a beautiful entry pass into the box for Steven Beitashour, who pokes it into the side netting to score against his old team again. Black-and-gold up 2-0 now.
8th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Carlos Vela gets an assist from Quakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega, who whiffs on a clearance, and he walks the ball into the net. The swag. LAFC lead 1-0.
No surprises for LAFC:
The Quakes stay with most of the group that they started with two weeks ago, too. The notable absences are Nick Lima (possibly their best player) and Marcos Lopez (their big signing who struggled last MLS game):
The Earthquakes, to say the least, have had an uninspiring start to the 2019 campaign, commencing the season with three straight losses. To be fair, San Jose is in the process of establishing a new system under the command of new manager, ex-Chivas boss Matías Almeyda. As reflected by the Earthquakes’ early season struggles, his system will take a while to implement, likely turning this campaign into a “rebuild.”
The Earthquakes, however, do have a number of talented players that can cause problems for LAFC. Georgian international “Vako” Qazaishvili has proven to be one of the MLS’ best 10’s, netting 15 times in 47 appearances with the Quakes. The emergence of right back Nick Lima is also worth monitoring. Lima was recently called-up by the USMNT for a January friendly against Panama, in which he impressed, earning Man of the Match honors.
On the other hand, LAFC are currently enjoying life on top of the table. Wins aren’t coming easy, however, as once again, LAFC found itself needing a stoppage-time winner. Walker Zimmerman’s 92nd minute strike vs. Real Salt Lake gave LAFC a late victory.
On the injury front, LAFC will come into the game shorthanded, as midfielders Lee Nguyen (right soleus strain) and Andre Horta (right quad strain) have been ruled out. Latif Blessing will likely remain in a starting role given the lack of midfield depth. Forward Fito Zelaya has once again been ruled out with a right soleus injury. The Earthquakes will be without defender Kevin Partida who is recovering from an ACL tear.
Vegas currently favors LAFC at (-105), while listing the Earthquakes as underdogs (+235). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+310) (Via Westgate LV).
How to Watch:
This Saturday’s Western Conference tilt between LAFC and the San Jose Earthquakes will be televised by Univision starting at 12:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
The game will also be carried by local radio affiliates ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.