LAFC: What Stood Out In First MLS Win

LAFC goalscorer Diego Rossi celebrates his goal alongside his teammates | Photo by LAFC | March 4, 2018
LAFC: What Stood Out In First MLS Win

The time finally came after four years of waiting, the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) officially played an MLS game. A team that was once just a concept, a home grown club with it’s own identity tied to the heart of Los Angeles. Now LAFC was not just a concept but a reality.

Facing the Seattle Sounders in your first game is a daunting task, after all they just went to two consecutive MLS Cup finals, winning one. Los Angeles was going to have to deal with one of the most hostile clubs in MLS, wet weather, and first game jitters.

LAFC pulled out the 1-0 win starting the franchise on the right foot.

Here are the things that stood out from the game:

Keeping Composure

For a team playing for the first time in franchise history LAFC players were able to play a composed structured game. Early on it looked like the Sounders were trying to catch LAFC’s backline napping by using the long ball. LAFC stayed composed though and the likes of Mark Anthony-Kaye in the middle and Laurent Ciman at the back kept the ball out of the LA box.

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LAFC captain Laurent Ciman taking the field | Photo by LAFC | March 4, 2018

When there were break downs, LA was able to recover and kept the Sounders out of the net by staying disciplined in the box. During one sequence Los Angeles conceded four corner kicks in a row and each time they kept their composure preventing the Sounders goal.

Tyler Miller came to Play

Tyler Miller had only started two MLS games in his career, but by the looks of it you would have thought Miller was 10-year veteran. Time and time again Miller made spectacular saves keeping the expansion side’s lead. In the first half minutes after the first LAFC goal in franchise history, Miller got his hand on low shot that deflected the ball away.


LAFC goalkeeper arriving to the match | Photo by LAFC | March 4, 2018

During the Sounders best period of the game, Miller again thwarted them by deflecting a header out that would have surely tied the game.

Miller earned his clean sheet and if this is the type of play we can expect the rest of the league is in trouble.

Carlos Vela is the Engine

The first goal in franchise history was due in part to a great pass from Carlos Vela to Diego Rossi. Vela’s pass released Rossi on a through ball that Rossi calmly curled past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Through out the game Vela used his skill and strength to create space while looking for Rossi and Marco Ureña up front.


LAFC player jerseys in the locker room | Photo by LAFC | March 4, 2018

Vela should have secured a second goal in the second half when he again got past the defender and looked to be brought down in the box. But the referee blew the call. Vela was LAFC’s best player on the pitch and showed that he is the engine that will get the offensive moving as the team comes together.

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