Full time: LA 2, LAFC 6. Not the Galaxy’s night. Here’s the full recap, thanks for following along, on to the next one.
93rd minute: Goal LAFC. Rossi gets a fourth on the night, unbelievable.
80th minute: Goal LAFC. Mohamed El-Munir is the latest to get on the scoresheet here.
75th minute: Goal LAFC. Rossi completes his hat trick to make it 4-2 for LAFC.
57th minute: Goal LAFC. Bradley Wright-Phillips gives the other side the lead.
54th minute: No goal. Pavon scores on a breakaway but it’s called back for an offside. Still 2-2.
45+2nd minute: Goal LAFC. Rossi gets his second of the game off a David Bingham rebound. We’re level again, 2-2 at halftime.
31st minute: GOOOOOOOOOL Galaxy! Cristian Pavon scores a penalty now, on the second attempt after LAFC’s GK jumped off his line early the first time. LA lead 2-1.
13th minute: Tie game, after Diego Rossi scores a penalty for LAFC. Game is fully on here.
5th minute: GOOOOOOOOL Galaxy! An LA buildup is turned into the net by Latif Blessing. Good start for the Galaxy!
The big news for LA is Chicharito is out. Yep, you heard that right. There’s several other changes, too.
Our XI tonight in Orlando @ModeloUSA | #LAFCvLA— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 19, 2020
LAFC go with the same lineup they had in their last game, minus a change in goal, to Pablo Sisniega.
The #LAFC Starting XI vs. @LAGalaxy.— LAFC (@LAFC) July 19, 2020
Tonight's lineup is presented by @Delta & @AeromexicoUSA.#LAFCvLA | #MLSisBack pic.twitter.com/UasTPCPX7M
Here it is, El Trafico day. The LA Galaxy will take on their noisy neighbors, Los Angeles Football Club, in the marquee game Saturday night in the MLS is Back Tournament bubble.
This one is going to look different. Not only is it in Orlando, behind closed doors, but neither Zlatan Ibrahimovic nor Carlos Vela will be in this game. LA have Chicharito now, however, coming off his debut goal. Will he be the next LAFC killer?
Aside from the rivalry aspect of this game, the Galaxy could really use a win, not only for their tournament prospects but for the season overall. They haven’t won a competitive game in 2020 yet and this is the second of three group-stage games, so a win would be a big boost for their prospects of qualifying to the knockout stage and to get their season on track.
But yes, there’s the rivalry side, too. Want the bragging rights? Simple: Pick up three points and the mental edge remains with the Galaxy.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LA are (+350) while LAFC are (-152). The odds of a draw are (+320), so the bookmakers are putting LAFC as overwhelming favorites for the game. Time to make some bread!
How to Watch:
Monday’s match between LA and LAFC 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.