The match, which will be held at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, was originally planned to view on ESPN2. With the switch to ESPN, the start time for the match has been moved up one hour. Kick off time is now set for 3PM.
Last year's September 5th match between the two clubs, which ended in a 2-2 draw, was one of the more exciting games in MLS in 2011. Julio Cesar and Omar Bravo netted goals for Sporting, while Sean Franklin was able to score both of LA's goals in a highly contested match.
With the new unbalanced schedule for 2012, the April 7th match will be the only time during the regular season that the two clubs meet.