A sublime chip and a five pass team goal was all the offensive firepower the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) needed to notch a road win against the New England Revolution.
The win pushed LAFC points total to 52 becoming the first team in the league to reach the 50-point threshold. It pushes them closer to the Supporters Shield Trophy as they have a 10-point lead over the Philadelphia Union in the standings with 11 games left in the season.
The win was chocked full of team milestones: LAFC won their league-leading seventh road win, L.A. gave New England their first home-loss since May 8th and ended their 11-game unbeaten streak.
Coach Bob Bradley talked post-game about the team getting back on track defensively in the game:
“Yeah, we talked about the fact that we had started to allow a few more chances in every game and started to give up some goals. We had to kind of refocus ourselves. That was one of the messages after the last game and I think that’s important for the group.”
LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller echoed his coaches sentiments:
“It’s been a big focus for us, and now that one of the reasons we’ve been so successful this year is our potent offense and how well they’ve been doing, and how solid our defense has been. I think we lost that a little bit, but I think tonight was a good game for us to really step up. It really was a team effort in keeping it zero tonight.”
While post-game the talk was on defense, the play of the game came early in the game around the 8th minute. Forward Diego Rossi brought the ball down off his chest and chipped a ball into the net that shocked goalkeeper Matt Turner and his fellow “Revs.”
The goal set a new career-high, his 13th in league play and the fifth game of six in which Rossi has scored.
Up 1-0 LAFC controlled most of the game and then extended their lead playing the team game. LAFC put together a string of passes five in all, to score the second goal as Latif Blessing put the ball away just inches from the goal line.
It was the kind of goal that showed the depth and talent of the team, the final pass coming to Blessing, a midfielder, from Jordan Harvey, a defender.
With the win, LAFC now looks forward to continuing its march on the rest of the MLS with a home match against the New York Red Bulls.
LAFC will likely do what they did to the Revolution: win.
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