Playing their third game in eight days the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) came home to Banc of California Stadium sporting a six game unbeaten streak and had yet to lose on their home pitch.
They played host to the Montreal Impact who despite up and down results found themselves in third place in the Eastern Conference standings of MLS.
LAFC wasted no time showing the Impact why they have been the best team in the MLS this season. LAFC scored early and often to come away with a 4-2 win.
It was sloppy at the end and captain Carlos Vela noted this in his postgame comments:
“I think it’s so important because if you remember last year, we lost a lot of games like that. Those things can happen but this year we have proved to be better. Of course, we have to do much better. In playoff games or important games if you give chances to the opponent you can lose the game. We have to be consistent for 90 minutes and keep the possession.
The end may have been sloppy but the start was sublime. LAFC got going by scoring three first half goals over a span of 24 minutes in quick strike action that put the Impact way behind early.
The first goal came on a costly error by Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush, who played the ball in his own box with his feet. In the seventh minute Bush attempted to kick the ball out, when Christian Ramirez stuck a foot in and deflected the ball back into the Impact goal.
For Ramirez it was his third goal of the season, and it got the home team going.
In the the 28th minute the quick strike LAFC offense showed up as Eduard Atuesta put a through ball pass onto the foot of Vela who tucked in a easy goal. Vela’s 15th goal in 15 games put the team up 2-0.
That was not enough for LAFC as they scored the third goal just three minutes later when Diego Rossi sent in a low crosser into the box where Latif Blessing was able to lash it in and the rout was on.
The three goals in the first half were the most scored in a half for LAFC since their 4-0 defeat of DC United back on April 6.
LAFC wasn’t finished and they continued to maintain the pressure to start the second half. They were quickly awarded a corner kick opportunity, and then rewarded when Tristan Blackmon making a start in place of the injured Steven Beitashour scored on a header to make it 4-0.
The end of the game was not the best for LAFC. Sloppy play led to an own goal in the 70th minute and then they got beat on the counter leading to a penalty scored by Saphir Taider in the 84th minute.
The two goals were the most given up at home by the team in 2019 so far, coach Bob Bradley was not happy about the play in the end.
“We just have to keep trying to improve. In the end of the game, we’ve had such a good way this year. We’ve not given up goals late. We’ve had good concentration. We’ve played until the end of matches, and today we didn’t.
Bradley like Vela were reminded of last year’s late game difficulties, despite the win they want to fix those mistakes. If the best team in the league starts fixing their flaws then it’s more bad news for the MLS.
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