Full time: Columbus 0, LAFC 3. It was nervy at times but LAFC were very much the better team and got the full three points. Thanks for following, we’ve got more coverage on the way.
90th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Carlos Vela gets the ball at the sideline, dribbles downfield and unleashes a rocket to put the game away. Beautiful!
88th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Josh Perez’s open goal shot cracks the crossbar but Adama Diomande follows up with the score. LAFC up 2-0~
74th minute: Offside. Gyasi Zardes scores for Columbus, but the goal is waved off because he was offside on the buildup. Still a narrow lead for LAFC here.
59th minute: Big save! Tyler Miller makes the initial stop, the ball pops up, and he catches the rebound before anyone else gets to it. LAFC still hold the one-goal advantage.
37th minute: GOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Mark-Anthony Kaye with a “shot or pass?” finish but either way, it’s in the net to open the scoring.
No surprises as LAFC rolls with the same XI:
Columbus, meanwhile, make a big change in goal, with Joe Bendik replacing Zack Steffen:
LAFC has cooled off recently after starting the campaign in sizzling form. Last Saturday, the squad was unable to get a home victory against a struggling Chicago Fire side. The squad was unable to capitalize on any of its 22 shots. Additionally, nearly 85% of play occurred in the midfield or Chicago’s defensive third. The lack of scoring, considering LAFC’s dominance, is quite concerning.
This result, it itself, is surprising considering LAFC’s recent success at The Banc.
However, Porter’s squad was able to bounce back and dominate the Galaxy in an impressive 3-1 home victory on Wednesday. The attacking trio of Federico Higuain, Robinho, and Gyasi Zardes proved to be lethal as the Galaxy backline was constantly under duress throughout the match.
It appears that LAFC will be near full strength for Saturday’s match. Defender Danilo Silva remains “questionable” with a hamstring strain. Columbus Crew defenders Milton Valenzuela and Harrison Afful remain out, respectively, as they recover from severe injuries.
Vegas currently favors LAFC at (+145), while listing the Columbus Crew as slight underdogs (+160). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+255) (Via Westgate LV).
How to Watch:
This Saturday’s match between LAFC and the Columbus Crew will be televised by YouTubeTV (LA), KVMD (LA) and ESPN+ 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.