LAFC kicked off their second season in franchise history with a thunderous stoppage time goal to bring down Sporting Kansas City (KC) 2-1. The 94th minute winner from Adama Diomande sent the 3252 Supporters into a frenzy sending everybody home a winner.
Going into the game LAFC was looking to beat Sporting KC for the first time after losing to them twice last year. In fact Sporting KC was the only team to beat LAFC on their home pitch during the MLS regular season.
Before kickoff the only question remaining, was captain Carlos Vela going to be able to suit up after leaving LAFC’s last pre-season game with a leg injury.
The captain made the festivities and was in the starting lineup to kickoff the game. He made himself known, creating chances for LAFC.
Unfortunately for LAFC supporters, Sporting KC started the scoring when Krisztian Nemeth beat Tyler Miller with a low shot 16 minutes into the game.
LAFC had their chances but went into the half down 1-0. Vela and Mark-Anthony Kaye both found themselves in the Sporting KC box but couldn’t convert their chances into goals.
The first half was a chippy affair as Sporting KC received five yellow cards before halftime, Vela took the brunt of the fouls as he looked for the game tying score.
LAFC started the second half strong and were rewarded when Diego Rossi curled in a a shot for the tying goal at the 47th minute. Thus Rossi the first goal scorer in 2018 repeated the feat to start the 2019 season with a goal.
After the Rossi goal LAFC clamped down on it’s defense, allowing just one shot on goal the rest of the way.
Meanwhile the game remained a chippy affair with five yellow cards given out, including a second to KC midfielder Roger Espinoza who was sent off seven minutes from stoppage time.
It was in stoppage time where substitute Adama Diomande hooked onto a ball played in by defender Jordan Harvey and beat Tim Melia roofing the ball in the net.
On his game winner Diomande had this to say:
“We got a good counter, see a long ball to Jordan (Harvey), I just snap it from him because I know I’m in a better position than him. I see the defenders follow me because we still have Jordan on the outside and I took a good touch in and hammered it behind the goal.”
Jordan Harvey summed up the teams feelings on the win:
“It was a huge team effort, and one that is a great start to our season.”
A huge team effort indeed, one that has propelled LAFC into the new season. If every game is like the opener, what an exciting season awaits.