“Saturday, we’re going to beat them," Blessing said in midweek. "We’re going to beat them five goals to one. We’re going to do the same thing [we did] at their stadium. We’re going to do the thing here. It’s payback time.”
The 5-1 scoreline didn't exactly materialize in their Week 4 grudge match at Banc of California Stadium as LAFC needed a stoppage-time winner from Walker Zimmerman to dispatch a feisty RSL side 2-1.
But RSL head coach Mike Petke didn't forget about that prediction in the aftermath of the result, also refraining from referencing Blessing by name.
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"At least the prediction didn’t come true," Petke said. "At least we didn’t lose 5-1, you know? 2-1 on a blazer in the last minute, you take your hat off to that. But I apologize to the guy who made the prediction it’s going to be 5-1."