Full time: D.C. United 0, LAFC 4. A demolition by the visitors. What a game for LAFC. Thanks for following along!
76th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Diego Rossi completes his hat trick with a simple finish in the box off a good buildup. LAFC will see this one out.
57th minute: Goalline clearance! Steven Beitashour blocks a ball on the line to keep D.C. United off the board.
52nd minute: Wayne Rooney gets a RED CARD! He nearly breaks Diego Rossi’s leg, so it was a clear red card, and VAR confirmed it in the end. LAFC up 3-0, and up a man.
Halftime: LAFC lead 3-0. Can they hold their nerve and see things out in the second half? Sincerely hope so! We’ll find out shortly.
32nd minute: Rossi scores again! Mark-Anthony Kaye gets the ball and flips it to Rossi, who hits a mirrored Vela-like curler. Wow, LAFC up 3-0 now.
28th minute: Diomande is injured and can’t continue. Christian Ramirez comes off the bench to replace him for LAFC.
27th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Vela sets up Diego Rossi for the counter goal with a left-footed trivela, and Black Thunder are building a nice advantage here. Let’s go!
15th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Vela makes up with the mistake, receiving a ball from Adama Diomande after causing a turnover, then cutting in and finishing with his left foot. LAFC up 1-0.
12th minute: No goal! Carlos Vela steps up to the spot, but Bill Hamid saves it. Vela’s second chance clangs off the post. That’s rough.
LAFC have no surprises, with the same group that started the win over San Jose.
D.C. United have to make one change, as veteran Chris McCann replaces the injured Joseph Mora.
D.C. United’s success from the back end of the 2018 campaign has carried over to this season, as it currently leads the Eastern Conference with a tally of 10 points (3-0-1). The “black-and-red” are coming off two consecutive victories, including a dominant 5-0 result against Real Salt Lake in which Wayne Rooney secured his first MLS hat trick.
The Washington, D.C side is led by two of MLS’s premier players: attacking midfielder Luciano Acosta and Rooney, the famed former England international. The connection between these two has quickly developed into an elite pairing. Ben Olsen’s style calls for Acosta to possess and dominate the ball in the attacking third, allowing him to find Lucas Rodriguez and Paul Arriola on the flanks, leaving Rooney to roam the box freely as a No. 9.
Similarly, LAFC are currently enjoying life on top of the table. LAFC is coming off a commanding 5-0 victory on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes. Carlos Vela put on a an amazing performance, netting a hat trick along with an assist, earning him MLS Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Once again, LAFC will be shorthanded in the midfield as Lee Nguyen (right soleus strain) and Andre Horta (right quad strain) have been ruled out for Saturday’s match. Fito Zelaya will also be out as he recovers from a right soleus injury. D.C United will be without Costa Rican international Joseph Mora as he recovers from a broken jaw.
Vegas currently favors D.C United at (+125), while listing LAFC as underdogs (+190). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+275) (Via Westgate LV).
How to Watch:
This Saturday’s clash between LAFC and D.C. United will be televised by Fox starting at 11:30 AM (PST) with kickoff to follow at about 12:05.
The game will also be carried by local radio affiliates ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.
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