Full time: LAFC 4, Montreal Impact 2. LAFC falter a bit at the end but were blistering through about 65 minutes of the game, and had happily posted such a big lead that it was enough. Thanks for following along, we’ll have more stuff coming up on this game.
84th minute: Goal Montreal. Anthony Jackson-Hamel earns a penalty from Walker Zimmerman, and Saphir Taider scores the spot kick to make it 4-2.
70th minute: Goal Montreal. Eddie Segura with an unfortunate touch, as Ignacio Piatti’s cross bounces off the defender on the doorstep and into the net. 4-1 for LAFC.
55th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Tristan Blackmon scores his first career MLS goal off a corner kick. Well done to the defender!
31st minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Starman Latif Blessing gets his first of the season as the rout looks to be on.
28th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Carlos Vela splits the trap and blasts it past Bush to make it 2-0.
7th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! A howler for Montreal’s Evan Bush, who pings a clearance off Christian Ramirez, which bounces into the net! It counts the same, LAFC lead early.
LAFC make a few changes, but use their “first-choice” lineup, with only Tristan Blackmon in for the injured Steven Beitashour. Eduard Atuesta back in the XI after missing a match.
Montreal have Ignacio Piatti once again after his return from injury, and Bacary Sagna is back, while Micheal Azira replaces the suspended linchpin Samuel Piette.
LAFC were extremely busy last week. As a result of playing two matches in four days, Bob Bradley was pressured into altering the conventional starting XI that he often puts together.
In the first match of the back-to-back vs. FC Dallas, the usual squad was able to handle the opposition quite handily, resulting in a 2-0 victory for LAFC. On Sunday, however, Bradley’s modified starting XI featured Andre Horta and Mohamed El-Munir along with the absence of a true center-forward. As evident in the result of the match, Sunday’s lineup lacked the cohesion of the usual XI called upon by Bradley.
Considering the fact that LAFC only has one match this week, expect the usual, full-strength lineup, sans an injured Steven Beitashour, to take the pitch this Friday vs. the Impact.
Friday’s match will be Montreal Impact’s first visit to The Banc in franchise history. Rémi Garde’s side will attempt to hand LAFC its first home defeat of the 2019 campaign.
In order for this to happen, Montreal talisman Ignacio Piatti will need to put forth a performance reminiscent of last year’s hat-trick vs LAFC. His performance alone, however, did not suffice as LAFC won the match by a scoreline of 5-3. The same can be said about Friday’s tilt. If Piatti’s supporting cast is unable to pull its weight, it could very well be a long day at the office for the Impact.
The aforementioned hamstring injury sustained by LAFC defender Steven Beitashour has led him to be ruled out of Friday’s match. Montreal Impact will be without the services of midfielder Samuel Piette due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Panamanian forward Omar Browne has also been ruled out of Friday’s match as he recovers from a groin injury.
Bookmakers currently favor LAFC at (-345), while listing Montreal Impact as considerable underdogs (+925). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+450) (Via Westgate Las Vegas).
How to Watch:
This Friday’s tilt between LAFC and Montreal Impact will be televised by YouTubeTV (LA), KVMD (LA), TVA/TSN (Canada) 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.