Either LAFC or Mexico’s Club León will win their first CONCACAF Champions League title on Sunday night when the two teams meet in the decisive second leg of the tournament final at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles.
Leon has the upper hand after their 2-1 first-leg victory in Mexico Thursday. La Fiera dominated the game, but a goal from Denis Bouanga in stoppage time gave LAFC hope for the second leg.
LAFC will need to win by two goals at home to win the title, while a draw or win will do the trick for León.
If the two teams are tied on aggregate goals after the end of the second leg, they will go to extra time and a penalty shootout, if necessary. Although away goals were a tiebreaker in previous rounds, they will not serve as a tiebreaker in the final (page 24 official rules).
Sporting News follows LAFC vs Leon live and provides score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
LAFC vs Leon live
LAFC (4-3-3, from right to left): McCarthy (GK) — Hollingshead, Maldonado, Long, Palacios — Tillman, Sanchez, Cifuentes — Opoku, Vela, Bouanga.
Leon (4-4-2, from right to left): Cota (GK) — I. Moreno, Barreiro, Frías, Tesillo — Mena, Ambriz, Romero, O. Rodríguez — Dávila, Alvarado.
LAFC vs Leon live updates, highlights from the Champions League final
1 hour, 45 minutes to KO: BMO Stadium must have a vibrant atmosphere and anyone who doesn’t have tickets yet will pay a pretty penny to get in:
2 hours for KO: The game starts at 6:00 p.m. local time in Los Angeles, but some fans took advantage of it all day, arriving at the stadium hours before the game:
Lineups LAFC vs León
No surprises are expected from LAFC manager Steve Cherundolo, with the only question being whether Kelly Acosta He breaks into the starting eleven to replace one of the three midfielders who played in the first leg. Confirmed absences are Maxime Crepeau, Jesus Murilloand Giorgio Chiellinithat they are injured.
LAFC Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3): 77-John McCarthy (GK) — 24-Ryan Hollingshead, 2-Denil Maldonado, 33-Aaron Long, 12-Diego Palacios — 11-Timothy Tillman, 6-Ilie Sanchez, 20-Jose Cifuentes — 22-Kwadwo Opoku, 10- Carlos Vela, 99-Denis Bouanga.
Substitutes LAFC (9): 1-Eldin Jakupovic (GK), 30-Sergi Palencia, 18-Erik Duenas, 80-Jullian Gaines, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Daniel Crisostomo, 19-Mateusz Bogusz, 7-Stipe Biuk, 27-Nathan Ordaz
León’s Colombian left-back Yairo Moreno left the first leg with an injury in minute 8. Mexican media indicate that 35-year-old Elias Hernandezwho replaced him in the first leg, or the most defensive Oscar Villa either osvaldo rodriguez could replace it.
León projected starting lineup (4-4-2): 30-Rodolfo Cota (GK) — 3-Ivan Moreno, 21-Jaine Barreiro, 22-Adonis Frias, 6-William Tesillo — 13-Angel Mena, 26-Fidel Ambriz, 29-Lucas Romero, 24-Osvaldo Rodriguez — 7- Victor Davila, 20-Jose Alvarado.
Substitutes for León (12): 1-Alfonso Blanco (GK), 40-Oscar Garcia (GK), 23-Byron Castillo, 25-Paul Bellon, 34-Oscar Villa, 27-Jesus Angulo, 8-Ivan Rodriguez, 38-Hector Uribe, 11-Elias Hernandez , 12-Joel Campbell, 18-Lucas Di Yorio, 15-Brian Rubio
LAFC vs León live broadcast, TV channel
- Date: Sunday, July 4
- Time: 9 p.m. Eastern time
- TV channels: FS1 (English), UniMas, TUDN (Spanish)
- Transmission: Fubo, Fox Sports GO, TUDN app, Univision NOW
The match will be televised on FS1 (English and UniMas and TUDN (Spanish) with the three transmissions streaming on fubowhich is available to new users on a free trial.
A stream will also be made available on each broadcaster’s streaming platform for authenticated users (with cable, satellite, or telecom packages).
LAFC vs Leon betting odds, lines
LAFC may have come up short in the opening game of this contest, but they are heavy favorites to emerge victorious in the second leg at home and earn at least one shot in overtime.
There is an expectation of goals too. The first leg wasn’t exactly a barn, but both teams managed to find the back of the net. Now, with a more open game likely as both teams strive to win the trophy, the goals are expected to flow once more.
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