The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) resumed MLS play at home with revenge on their minds. They were facing the Vancouver Whitecaps who handed LAFC their first loss of the season back on April 17.
The game could have been a trap game as LAFC have an important game coming up on Wednesday night as they try to advance passed the Portland Timbers to the semifinal of the U.S. Open Cup.
LAFC conceded early giving up a howler when Pablo Sisniega misplayed a long ball and watched Whitecaps Yordy Reyna put the ball into the empty net. Five minutes and LAFC was down, from there it was never close.
LAFC scored six uncontested goals to set a franchise record for goals in a game, and mark their second consecutive game where they scored at least five goals.
Player of the Game
Carlos Vela peppered the Whitecaps with five shots on goal scoring twice to push his league leading goal total to 19 and he assisted on a goal as well to push his lead there to 12.
Vela’s key distribution besides the scoring sheet was his passing. He spent most of the night making passes in attacking half and by the second half was frequently opening up the Whitecaps defense as LAFC scored four second-half goals.
Play of the Game
Mark-Anthony Kaye had the best goal of the evening scoring LAFC’s third goal one minute after halftime with a rocket that hit the bar and went in.
Kaye’s goal started a deluge of goals that the Whitecaps could not challenge as LAFC scored four goals over the final 45 minutes of the game.
Quote of the Game
The captain of LAFC succinctly made clear what the MLS already knows, LAFC is always going to want more.
Carlos Vela: “We want always more. We scored six today but in the end, we tried to score more. I think that’s the way LAFC plays and I hope we continue that way.”
Uh-oh of the Game
The Whitecaps scored first due to a miscommunication between Sisniega and defender Dejan Jakovic.
Coach Bradley though noted how fast his men were able to get back on their game: “There was a misunderstanding early but the response was awesome. We kept playing football, I loved the fact that Pablo [Sisniega] and Dejan [Jakovic] just had a quick word with each other and continued.”
As noted LAFC will continue their quest for the franchise’s first trophy on Wednesday and have only one day of rest as they head on the road to face the Houston Dynamo next Friday.
That will mark five games over 14 days, a killer schedule that will stretch the teams depth but if there is one team that can handle this it is probably LAFC.
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