In what was supposed to be a matchup of the two best teams in MLS, the leagues number one offense against the number one defense, LAFC brought DC United down on their own home pitch.
It was another hat trick hero as Diego Rossi scored three of LAFC’s goals just a week after Carlos Vela scored a hat trick against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Coach Bob Bradley summed up his view of the game:
“It’s great to win 4-0 away from home. We scored some really good goals. Today is a choppy, so it’s not exactly a game where there’s all sorts of fluidity…The field is a bit choppy and slow, so I thought we handled it well.”
Bradley may not have seen a fluidity to the LAFC game, but DC United probably thought LAFC brought the Pacific Ocean with them as they attacked in waves.
Vela put the team in front early scoring a left footed goal just 15 minutes in, this was just a few minutes after DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid saved a penalty from him.
That goal seemed to open up the floodgates, over the next 15 minutes of play LAFC countered and countered DC’s backline.
Vela assisted on Rossi’s first goal at the 27 minute mark, five minutes later Rossi did with his right foot what Vela does with his left. Rossi took a pass from Mark-Anthony Kaye and then beat Hamid with a right footed curler.
Just like that the best defensive team in the MLS was down 3-0 at home. The only blemish for LAFC in the first half was losing forward Adama Diomande to a hamstring injury 28 minutes into the game.
Just five minutes into the second half, things went from bad to worse for DC United when Wayne Rooney made a rash tackle that was deemed a red card after the referee used the VAR system.
Down 10 men essentially sealed DC’s fate, even when they mounted an attack, LAFC defended in numbers, twice when goalkeeper Tyler Miller was out of position, defender Steven Beitashour kept the ball out of the net.
Rossi’s day wasn’t done as he capitalized on a late turnover scoring his third goal of the game putting an end to DC’s suffering.
After the game Rossi spoke about his connection with Vela:
“We have a good connection with all players, but we know that Carlos has something special for us.”
LAFC returns home to face FC Cincinnati, but after six games they’re showing the league that they plan to stay on top of the league standings.