Full time: LAFC 0, Chicago 0. Another frustrating draw for the black-and-gold as they are held scoreless for the second time this year. Thanks for following, we’ll have more coverage coming.
53rd minute: No goal! Steven Beitashour scores but the replay shows he was offside. Flag comes up and you can’t argue with that. Still 0-0
Halftime: Still scoreless. LAFC have had chances, including one saved off the line, but a lot of frustration through 45 minutes. Will we see better in the second half? We’ll see.
LAFC stick with the main starting XI, as Diomande and Horta are on the bench:
The Fire, meanwhile, keep things pretty steady as well:
LAFC is coming off of a 1-1 draw at the hands of the Seattle Sounders.
Sounders forward Jordan Morris pounced on a critical mistake by Eddie Segura, opening the scoresheet less than a minute after kickoff. LAFC would quickly respond as Jordan Harvey fed Diego Rossi an exquisite ball down the left flank, leading to a tap-in by Carlos Vela.
The squad, however, was unable to capitalize following the expulsion of Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan. Christian Ramirez bottled a tap-in that seemed harder to miss than it was to score.
Similarly, the Chicago Fire are coming off of a disappointing result, falling 1-0 at the hands of the Montreal Impact. Veljko Paunović’s squad has been unable to hit stride, putting forth inconsistent displays on both ends, leading to a 2-4-3 start.
The Fire do, however, have a number of quality players, most notably former German international, Bastian Schweinsteiger. Also, the recent acquisition of former Argentina international Nico Gaitan is worth monitoring. Gaitan is a player with plenty of Champions League and international experience.
In terms of injuries, the Chicago Fire will travel to LA without defenders Andre Reynolds II and Marcelo, along with midfielder Raheem Edwards. Forward Fabian Herbers is currently listed as “questionable” as he deals with a groin injury. LAFC will be without the services of defender Danilo Silva as he recovers from a right hamstring strain.
Vegas bookmakers currently favor LAFC at (-240), while listing the Chicago Fire as sizable underdogs (+600). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+380) (Via Westgate LV).
How to Watch:
This Saturday’s match between LAFC and the Chicago Fire will be televised by YouTubeTV (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.