LAFC are looking to win a fourth consecutive match, this time over Seattle Sounders
LAFC 2-1 Sounders
Sounders had one final chance at tying the score but Crepeau (LAFC) was there to secure the home side’s victory in a thrilling home debut for Bale and Chiellini.
Sounders send another shot flying over the crossbar.
LAFC nearly score the dagger but get intercepted inside the box.
Five more minutes to play.
Vela is hobbling around, visibly hurt but remains on the field.
Vela (LAFC) seems to be bothered by his hamstring as he lays on the floor stretching.
Sounders send a couple of shots flying over the goal.
Hollingshead comes on for Escobar.
Chu comes on for Rusnak.
Arreaga (Sounders) gets booked.
With 10 minutes left to play, LAFC are seemingly trying to get Bale involved in the attack as Sounders start to get physical.
Montero (Sounders) booked for a dangerous play.
Sounders corner kick ends up with a header over the crossbar.
Rodriguez replaces Opoku and Ibeagha comes on for Chiellini.
Cifuentes can’t finish a long LAFC play.
Mendez (LAFC) sends a shot way over the goal.
Dobbelaere comes on for Tolo.
Bale and Vela connect but nothing comes of the opportunity.
Bale makes an incredible pass that his teammate can’t send to the back of the net.
Bale subs on for Arango and Mendez replaces Blessing.
Frei (Sounders) saves the ball on the line after a scramble that saw the ball go under his legs yet again.
Sounders corner kick ends with a header flying over the crossbar.
Montero replaces Bruin and Ragen subs on for Medranda.
Sounders nearly tie the score but the strike goes just wide.
Crepeau (LAFC) intercepts a cross into the box.
LAFC is executing a high-press that is keeping the ball on the Sounders’ side.
Opoku (LAFC) shoots and is just wide off the target.
The second half kicks off with no substitutions from either side.
Four minutes added to the first half.
Diego Palacios (LAFC) gets booked for a sliding tackle.
Another save by Frei (Sounders).
Frei (Sounders) records a great save after an excellent LAFC buildup play.
Chiellini (LAFC) shoots from way outside the box and just barely misses after a deflection.
A header from Arango (LAFC) goes just wide.
Sounders corner kick results just shy off the target.
Free kick for Sounders ends up in the LAFC goalkeeper’s hands.
Chicho Arango (LAFC) gets tangled up with an opponent.
Corner kick for LAFC ends up above the net.
Sounders controlling possession.
Frei (Sounders) blocks a shot by Cifuentes (LAFC).
Carlos Vela (LAFC) unsuccesfully attempts to chip the keeper from outside the box.
Free kick for Sounders ends up in the arms of the LAFC goalkeeper.
Carlos Vela (LAFC) misses an opportunity to score inside the box.
Early corner kick for Sounders results in a missed shot.
Chiellini (LAFC) makes his first defensive contribution of the night with a great sliding block to prevent a shot at goal by Seattle.
Gareth Bale has yet again been left off the starting lineup for LAFC. Giorgio Chiellini will be part of the Starting XI for the home side.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders will go head-to-head Friday night at 20:00 PT at Banc of California Stadium.
League-leading LAFC are looking for a fourth consecutive MLS victory, this time over No. 9 seed Sounders.
Gareth Bale scored his first MLS goal last week in a 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City.
Bale has yet to make his way into the starting lineup and this week is likely not going to be the exception.
Carlos Vela and Cristian Arango remain the team’s focal points in the offense but Bale has already proved he is excellent off the bench.
LAFC: Crépeau; Palacios, Fall, Murillo, Escobar; Sánchez, Cifuentes, Blessing; Rodríguez, Vela, Opoku
Seattle Sounders: Cleveland; Nouhou, Gómez, Ragen; Medranda, Leyva, Lodeiro, C. Roldan; Chu, Montero, Teves
Cristian Roldan is the key for Seattle to come out on top in this contest.
Last month, Sounders held LAFC to a 1-1 draw but the Vela-led squad is on an unstoppable track since Bale joined the team.
The match will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
LAFC will be without forwards Danny Musovski and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, both out due to left leg injuries.
Defender Julian Gaines, meanwhile, will be sidelined a pelvis issue, and midfielder Kellyn Acosta is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
For Seattle, Raul Ruidiaz is out with a hamstring injury, Kelyn Rowe is suspended over a red card, Obed Vargas has a back issue, and Joao Paulo has an ACL tear.
Sounders are coming off a road win last weekend, a controversial 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids to snap a three-game losing skid.
Their probability of beating LAFC is at 17 per cent.
A draw between LAFC and Sounders is at 21 per cent.
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