Full time: Portland 2, LAFC 3. The black-and-gold have to dig in late but they get the job done and leave Portland with three points. Thanks for following along, we’ll have plenty of coverage of this game coming up.
84th minute: Goal Timbers. Brian Fernandez with an admittedly impressive finish, a bicycle kick right in front of goal. A tense final spell here for LAFC to hold on.
54th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Latif Blessing with a beautiful cushioned volley off Jordan Harvey’s cross. Blessing’s second goal in as many games. LAFC up 3-1 now.
46th minute: Goal Timbers. The home side goes right up the gut off kickoff and Cristhian Paredes beats Tyler Miller to make it 2-1.
34th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Diego Rossi scores after a terrific buildup from the black-and-gold. A 2-0 lead, LAFC are looking good. Keep it up guys!
6th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Carlos Vela gets the ball from Timbers GK Attinella and dribbles right back at him, scoring his 16th goal of the season. LAFC up 1-0 early.
LAFC have the XI you would expect, with Tristan Blackmon in for a second straight game as Steven Beitashour remains out injured.
Portland, meanwhile, are playing a pretty standard lineup, although both Jeff Attinella and Jorge Villafaña have been in and out this year.
LAFC remains atop MLS with 34 points following a 4-2 victory at The Banc versus Montreal Impact. Bob Bradley’s squad was able to dismantle and dispossess the Montreal backline, forcing crucial turnovers, allowing LAFC’s attackers to run wild in the final third.
After a strong first half, the squad seemed to lose focus, allowing an own goal by Eddie Segura as a result of Tyler Miller failing to clear the ball. Similarly, in the 84th minute, Walker Zimmerman was caught mispositioned by a through ball, consequently conceding a penalty. The fact that LAFC was able to win the game so comfortably considering the lackadaisical performance in the second half is quite impressive.
This Saturday, the Portland Timbers will return home to the newly-remodeled Providence Park seeking a positive result against MLS’s best side. As of late, the Timbers have regained the form that saw them make the MLS Cup in 2018. The acquisition of Argentine forward Brian Fernandez from Liga MX side Club Necaxa has been a hit thus far, as he’s scored three goals in two appearances for the Rose City club.
LAFC will face a Portland side that has improved exponentially since the teams clashed on March 10th. Bob Bradley’s squad will need to play 90 minutes of quality, consistent football to outclass the Timbers.
In terms of injuries, LAFC will be without Steven Beitashour once again as he recovers from a hamstring strain. The Timbers will likely be at full-strength for Saturday’s tilt.
Bookmakers currently favors LAFC at (+115), while listing the Timbers as home underdogs (+210). The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+275) (Via Westgate Las Vegas).
How to Watch:
This Saturday’s Western Conference tilt between LAFC and the Portland Timbers will be televised by ESPN2 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.