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LAFC: Road Warriors beat Columbus Crew 3-0

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LAFC winger Latif Blessing shielding the ball away from Columbus Crew mid David Guzman | Photo by Columbus Crew | May 11, 2019

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) took the show on the road and continued their ascendancy in the MLS.

Facing the Columbus Crew, LAFC was able to come away with a 3-0 win in dominating fashion.

LAFC was so dominant that at halftime the Crew had zero shots, not just on goal but no shots at all. Throughout the game the Crew were content to park the bus in hopes of preventing the inevitable.

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Columbus Crew midfielder Artur evading Walker Zimmerman (LAFC) | Photo by Columbus Crew | May 11, 2019

It didn’t matter, LAFC relentlessly peppered the Crew with eight shots on goal and finally broke through in the 37th minute. Mark-Anthony Kaye scored a sublime goal putting a low shot past goalkeeper Joe Bendik.

Kaye continues to show what the team was missing when he went down last season, with his third goal to go along with his five assists, he leads all midfielders on the team in both categories.

The Crew had their best chance in the 58th minute when Pedro Santos found himself with a ball in the box, but Tyler Miller was able to save it and prevent a rebound.

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Columbus Crew mid Pedro Santos rifling a shot against LAFC | Photo by Columbus Crew | May 11, 2019

That was it for the Crew but LAFC continued to push for more goals. In the 88th minute Adama Diomande scored when Josh Perez botched a turnover and hit the post, Diomande was there for the rebound to put the game away.

Before LAFC left the pitch their captain had one more thing to show the world. Carlos Vela kept his MVP candidacy going flying past three Crew defenders on the way to scoring his league leading 12th goal.

Coach Bob Bradley summed up his team’s effort postgame:

” Yeah, strong team effort. Not always as sharp in the final part of the field, but [I] still thought the mentality of the group was really good when the goal didn’t come right away. That was a real concentration to just keep doing the same things and then great to finish at the end with a couple more goals, Carlos [Vela] scores a great one, so good win. “

With another win in the books LAFC sits atop the MLS landscape with 27 points before a showdown this Thursday against FC Dallas.

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