Full time: LAFC 0, Galaxy 2. A terrible game for the black-and-gold, no two ways about it. Thanks for following along, here’s the full recap.
54th minute: Goal Galaxy. Sebastian Lletget with a wide-open shot off Julian Araujo’s low cross. Now it’s 2-0 for the visitors, LAFC need to dig deep ASAP.
Halftime: LAFC down 1-0, playing like ish. Can they regroup and come out stronger in the second half? We shall see.
26th minute: Goal Galaxy. Ethan Zubak converts a set piece and LAFC’s flat-footed start is punished. Time to raise the intensity.
LAFC start Dejan Jakovic in defense, and Francisco Ginella in midfield, with El Capitan returning.
The #LAFC Starting XI vs. @LAGalaxy.— LAFC (@LAFC) August 22, 2020
Today's lineup is presented by @Delta & @AeromexicoUSA.#LAFCvLAG pic.twitter.com/vh4HlK3vvX
The Galaxy start one of their three Designated Players.
'z Up.#LAFCvLA | @ModeloUSA— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 22, 2020
The latest phase of the Los Angeles Football Club season is here, as they kick off the “coronavirus still exists, but we’re back home” run of the campaign Saturday with a rivalry game against the LA Galaxy at Banc of California Stadium.
Obviously the black-and-gold will be at familiar confines back at home, but it will be weird, with no spectators allowed and the club imploring fans not to come hang outside the stadium. So the electric crowd won’t be there to fuel LAFC, and that’s going to be different.
What will also be different is Carlos Vela will be back for LAFC. He’s cut his hair and he’s eager to get into action, so even with six months off, hopefully he can find some form right away.
In other news, Eduard Atuesta is confirmed out for the game after his foot injury suffered at the end of the loss against Orlando City in Florida has not yet healed up. Obviously Adama Diomande is also no longer on the team after requesting his departure. For the Galaxy, Chicharito is unlikely to play as he’s still dealing with a calf injury, but Jonathan dos Santos is likely to play at least some minutes after missing the Orlando tournament because of hernia surgery.
As for form, LAFC are coming off a (penalty shootout) loss but they have lost two games all season across all competitions and remain unbeaten in the regular season this year. The Galaxy, meanwhile, have yet to win a competitive game in 2020. Will that continue or will the Galaxy get a long-awaited win in a rivalry game? Will LAFC hand another lopsided loss to the rivals? Obviously this should be a good one.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LAFC are (-250) while the Galaxy are (+525). The odds of a draw are (+430), so the bookmakers are making LAFC enormous favorites, and considering the teams’ form and the last two meetings, it’s not altogether surprising.
How to Watch:
Friday’s match between LAFC and the Galaxy will be televised nationally on Fox in the United States, which you can watch via FuboTV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 3pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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