Full time: LAFC 3, Houston 3. Here’s the full recap. Thanks very much for following along with us tonight!
69th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Latif Blessing had a terrific dime and Brian Rodriguez finally opens his account. We’re level now!
63rd minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Diego Rossi with an angled blast to cut the deficit to one. Game on?
Halftime: LAFC are down two goals. They seemed to look worse as the half went on, so time to regroup and see if they can get back in this game.
45+5th minute: Houston goal. Alberth Elis scores on a header off a free kick from Darwin Quintero after a VAR review. It’s now 3-1 to the Dynamo
30th minute: Goal Dynamo. Rodriguez gets his second of the game, with a ball over the top and a blast that Kenneth Vermeer blocks, but Rodriguez taps in the rebound.
19th minute: GOOOOOOL LAFC! Bradley Wright-Phillips scores his first goal for the club, with a tap-in off a low cross. We’re back even here.
9th minute: Goal Dynamo. Memo Rodriguez went against the grain and buried it to open the scoring for Houston.
LAFC’s lineup is pretty much what you’d expect, with Bradley Wright-Phillips getting his debut for the club in Carlos Vela’s place.
The Dynamo are fielding a strong lineup, with both Alberth Elis and Darwin Quintero starting. Expect to see the LAFC defense put to the test.
The day is nearly here, as Los Angeles Football Club return from a four-month layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic, scheduled to take on the Houston Dynamo on Monday night to open their play in the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando.
This is a new-look LAFC, with Carlos Vela opting out of the tournament for family reasons but presumably the rest of the squad present and ready to contribute. Houston, meanwhile, have a new manager in Tab Ramos since the last time LAFC saw them, and are aiming to be competitive on a consistent basis, something they have struggled to do for a long time.
Now, having said all that, with Vela out and LAFC and the Dynamo both dormant for several months, it’s hard to predict anything coming into the game. So far, the MLS games have been exceptionally sloppy, something that is no surprise given the circumstances, but they have also been exceptionally physical, something LAFC has struggled with in the past. So if Houston come out swinging, it may be a much harder game than LAFC’s general desire to play creative, flowing soccer.
So we’ll see. I think LAFC still are the favorites of the group, but you have to play the games, and it will be interesting to see how Bob Bradley’s group looks after so much time away from the sport and each other.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Saturday evening, LAFC are (-136) while Houston are (+300). The odds of a draw are (+300), so the bookmakers still think LAFC are huge favorites in this game, even with Vela sitting out the competition.
How to Watch:
Monday’s match between LAFC and the Dynamo will be televised nationally on FS1 and TUDN in the United States. You can watch these channels via Fubo TV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 5 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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