Full time: LAFC 2, FC Cincinnati 0. The home side had to sweat a little, but they remain unbeaten. Thanks for following along!
93rd minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! You can’t hold Carlos Vela back, as he ices the win with a gritty individual effort.
45+2: Save! Tyler Miller goes full stretch to deny Darren Mattocks and preserve LAFC’s lead just before halftime. Still 1-0.
32nd minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Mark-Anthony Kaye with the flick-on header at the near post off Carlos Vela’s corner kick. Black-and-gold are on the board.
LAFC keep it consistent, only change is Christian Ramirez comes in for the injured Adama Diomande, as expected:
FC Cincinnati go for a pretty attacking lineup, although the pieces are slashing winger types for the most part.
Los Angeles Football Club is coming off one of the most impressive wins in club history. The squad traveled to Washington, D.C. and put forth an outstanding performance, routing D.C. United by a tally of 4-0.
Diego Rossi was player of the match, recording the first hat trick of his young MLS career. Carlos Vela added a beautiful goal, using his wicked left foot to bang a curler into the back of the net, freezing D.C keeper Bill Hamid.
FC Cincinnati have had quite a successful season, considering the fact that unlike most other expansion sides, they only had 277 days to prepare for MLS play. FCC comes into Saturday’s match with 8 points (2-2-2). They’ve rebounded fairly smoothly following a 4-1 opening day defeat at the hands of the Portland Timbers.
A large part of FC Cincinnati’s recent success can be attributed to the acquisition of attacking midfielder Kenny Saief. Saief, an American international, was loaned to Cincinnati by Belgian powerhouse RSC Anderlecht. Through his first four games with the club, Saief has logged a goal and two assists.
For the third consecutive week, LAFC will be without midfielder Andre Horta (right quad strain). Oft-injured forward Adama Diomande has been ruled out for Saturday’s match with a hamstring injury suffered against D.C. United. Forward Fito Zelaya remains out as he recovers from a right soleus injury. Meanwhile, Midfielder Lee Nguyen has been upgraded to “questionable” as he continues to deal with a right soleus strain.
Bookmakers currently favor LAFC, heavily, at (-300), while listing FC Cincinnati as considerable (+735) underdogs. The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+435) (via Westgate LV).
How to Watch
Saturday’s match between Los Angeles Football Club and FC Cincinnati will be televised by YouTube TV (LA), KVMD (LA) and 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.