88th minute: Goal León. Angel Mena scores what could be a dagger for the home side. This is the last thing you want to see from an LAFC perspective.
Halftime: LAFC currently down 1-0, three halves to go in this series. Can they find some traction in the second half of this game? We’ll find out shortly.
21st minute: Goal León. Jean Meneses finds a ton of daylight and easily beats Blackmon, Jakovic and Vermeer.
LAFC have close to who you would expect to start. Kenneth Vermeer is indeed the No. 1 in goal, while Dejan Jakovic has gotten the nod at center back and Francisco Ginella gets the surprise start ahead of Eduard Atuesta, who isn’t even in the 18 for this one.
The #LAFC Starting XI vs. @clubleonfc.— LAFC (@LAFC) February 19, 2020
Tonight's lineup is presented by @Delta & @AeromexicoUSA.#LEONvsLAFC | #SCCL2020 pic.twitter.com/nmBNGnPK2q
Meanwhile, Club León have a video for a lineup graphic, come on now. Anyway, it’s a strong lineup for Nacho Ambriz.
CON GARRA Y CORAZÓN...— Club León (@clubleonfc) February 19, 2020
¡ESTA ES NUESTRA ALINEACIÓN! #LEONvsLAFC | #DaLeón pic.twitter.com/rtqLTmqp1H
The season is here, as Los Angeles Football Club are kicking off their 2020 slate by jumping into the lion’s den of Concacaf Champions League for the first time, as they take on Club León Tuesday night in León, Guanajuato.
The club has had four preseason games to tune up for the Liga MX side, currently third in their league, and LAFC has yet to play with what would be considered a true “full strength” side. What will their lineup look like? We’ll find out! Between injuries in preseason and legitimate questions about the right side of the defense there are more questions than usual heading into the first game of the season for LAFC.
This is the first of a two-game aggregate series against León, so here’s the rundown of the possibilities for LAFC in this game: A win is ideal, fantastic, although the job won’t be done; a draw would be truly very good with a return leg at home; a one-goal loss won’t be the worst thing in the world; losing by 3+ goals would make the return leg a real depressing encounter.
According to Bovada, as of first publishing of this post, LAFC are road underdogs (+350) while León are favored (-165). The odds of a draw are (+310), so LAFC has a decent shot for a result in the eyes of the bookmakers.
How to Watch:
Tuesday’s match between LAFC and León will be televised on FS2 (English) and TUDN (Spanish) in the United States. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 pm PT with kickoff to follow shortly after.
Select Watch Parties:
- Official team watch party: The Fields LA (Banc of California Stadium)
- Orange County: Relentless SG - Next Round Bar & Grill (200 N. Broadway, Santa Ana)
- Inland Empire: Empire Boys - Jersey’s Lounge (1197 Magnolia Ave., Corona)
- Alhambra: Black Army 1850 - La Chuperia Cantina (118 W. Main Street, Alhambra)
- Fresno: LAFC Supporters 559 - Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company (745 Fulton St., Fresno)
- Have a watch party you don’t see here? Let us know in the comments!