Full time: LAFC 6, Galaxy 2. It was a weird game but LAFC came through in bunches in the end. Here’s the full recap, thanks for following along tonight!
92nd minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! That’s four on the night for Rossi. Incredible performance.
80th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Mohamed El-Munir is off the bench and gets in the goals with a nice blast to put LAFC even further ahead.
75th minute: GOOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Rossi gets his hat trick off a counterattack to give the black-and-gold some daylight, as they’re now up 4-2.
57th minute: GOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Bradley Wright-Phillips with a great play in the box and finish to give LAFC their first lead of the night. Time to keep hold of this one.
45+2nd minute: GOOOOOOOL LAFC! Rossi scores his second of the game on a rebound and broken play. We’re level at 2-2 here at the half.
31st minute: Goal Galaxy. Cristian Pavon scores a penalty, after Sisniega saves the first attempt but a retake is ordered because he came off his line early. LAFC down again here.
13th minute: Bradley Wright-Phillips draws a penalty and Diego Rossi scores it! Now we’re level, 1-1.
5th minute: Goal Galaxy. Latif Blessing unlucky to turn the ball into his own net on kind of a speculative ball sent goalwards. An early hole for the black-and-gold, again.
Same XI for the second game for LAFC, except Pablo Sisniega replaces Kenneth Vermeer in goal:
For the Galaxy, Chicharito is out, which seems like a big deal. Schelotto makes several changes to his lineup for this one.
It may be El Trafico, but it’s a (hopefully) one-of-a-kind edition, coming behind closed doors and on the other side of the country. Some of the fire and energy is gone, no doubt. But it’s still a rivalry game, and we know LAFC are going to make winning this one a top priority.
Both teams had a few bumps in their first game in the tournament, LAFC drawing the Houston Dynamo 3-3, albeit coming back to get the result, while the Galaxy lost 2-1 to the Portland Timbers, their own rally falling short. Considering it was both teams’ first game in four months, it’s tough to make sweeping conclusions. We’ll see what they have on display here.
Adama Diomande’s status is unclear but Bob Bradley said on Thursday the forward’s status was unclear, and he sounded doubtful. As a result, I expect Bradley Wright-Phillips to start again, and if Dio can’t go at all, then Latif Blessing could get some playing time in the forward line, something Bradley hinted at before the tournament.
Regardless, I expect thrills and chills, goals and some feisty play. Will LAFC win their second in a row over the Galaxy? We’ll find out Saturday night.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LAFC are (-152) while the Galaxy are (+350). The odds of a draw are (+320), so the bookmakers continue to think LAFC are huge favorites in this game, even with Vela sitting out the competition and the last game being a draw.
How to Watch:
Monday’s match between LAFC and the Galaxy will be televised nationally on ESPN in the United States. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.