Update, Dec. 15, 4:25 pm PT: An LAFC spokesperson just told Angels on Parade that Palacios’ wife is doing well and the player is comfortable leaving her to travel to Orlando Tuesday night, and the club expects he will be available for Wednesday’s game against Cruz Azul after all.
Original report, Dec. 15, 10:50 am PT:
Los Angeles Football Club have arrived in Orlando for their Concacaf Champions League clash against Cruz Azul on Wednesday, but the squad left one player behind, according to head coach Bob Bradley.
Bradley told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday that all of the final squad for the clash traveled to Florida, aside from defender Diego Palacios, who stayed behind because his pregnant wife was having contractions and could go into labor at any moment. As a result, he will not be available for the game.
That means Jordan Harvey is likely to play left back for LAFC against Cruz Azul. The veteran played major minutes down the homestretch of the season and arguably brings more defensive cover at the position.
Otherwise, Bradley did not indicate any other players were missing, and in fact confirmed Brian Rodriguez, Danny Musovski and Jose Cifuentes all traveled when asked directly. As a result, one assumes Bradley will have his full strength lineup available, aside from left back, although again, likely starter Harvey has played plenty of minutes at the spot and may have been the starter anyway.
Obviously, best wishes to Diego and his wife, here’s hoping everyone is healthy.
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