Full time: LAFC 1, TFC 1. A slog for LAFC, honestly, but they deserved at least a share of the points and they got it, although it was rough sledding. Thanks for following along, we’ll have more coverage of the game soon.
95th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Carlos Vela scores the penalty after Latif Blessing is clattered in the box by Chris Mavinga. It’s all square now.
Halftime: LAFC down 1-0. They got into the game near the end of the half, but a rough opening 45 for the black-and-gold. Will they get back into it in the second half? Stay tuned.
33rd minute: Rossi scores, but it’s called back as he was offside. Getting closer for LAFC, but work to do to get a legal goal.
19th minute: Goal Toronto. Jozy Altidore sets up Tsubasa Endoh, who sneaks behind the last man to take the pass and angle a shot right in. Tough start for LAFC here, they need to wake up.
LAFC play the expected lineup, with Brian Rodriguez and Carlos Vela both starting with Adama Diomande out:
TFC, who need a win, play a full-strength lineup.
On the other hand, Toronto FC have been victorious in three of their last five MLS matches. Star attacking-midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo continues to tear it up this season as he has contributed 11 goals and 6 assists.
LAFC will be looking to close out the Supporters’ Shield race this weekend. With a win vs. Toronto FC and NYCFC loss or tie on Sunday, Bob Bradley’s squad will clinch its first piece of silverware in club history. Forward Carlos Vela will also be trying to secure his spot as top scorer in MLS. He currently has 28 goals, leading Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Josef Martinez by two.
Bookmakers currently favor LAFC at (-215), while listing Toronto FC as (+450) underdogs. The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+370) (via Bovada).
How to Watch/Listen:
This Saturday’s match between LAFC and Toronto FC 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.