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Strong Defensive Effort Gains LAFC a 2-0 Win

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LAFC huddle before their match against FC Cincinnati | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | April 13, 2019

The goals didn’t fly in like they have the last two games, but make no mistake LAFC maintained their position as the top team in MLS with a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati.

It wasn’t always pretty but LAFC displayed a new wrinkle in their game: defense.

LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman attempting to make a defensive play against FC Cincinnati’s Darren Mattocks with Eduard Atuesta (LAFC) coming to assist | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | April 13, 2019

After the win defender Steven Beitashour summed up the team’s defensive efforts.

“I thought we did a pretty good job..our back four, our midfielders got into good spots and helping each other it’s never about one guy by themselves.”

After turning in two spectacular road wins where they outscored their opponents 9-0, LAFC returned home to face FC Cincinnati. Games where Vela and Rossi scored consecutive hat tricks, it was the LAFC backline who took care of Saturday night’s game.

FC Cincinnati came to Banc of California Stadium as the leagues newest expansion team, a role LAFC played last year. FC Cincinati came into the game with some positive results gaining points in four of their last five games.

FC Cincinnati winger Kenny Saief being defended by LAFC left-back Jordan Harvey | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | April 13, 2019

LAFC showed FC Cincinnati just how far they’ve come since their expansion year. The best team in the league maintained their winning ways, dominating the game.

Los Angeles dominated possession (56.5%), maintained a high passing accuracy (81%) and led where it mattered most goals (2).

LAFC got on the board first when Mark-Anthony Kaye scored a goal off a Carlos Vela corner kick. It was Kaye’s second goal of the season, a welcome sight for the midfielder who was lost midway through last season after breaking his leg.

LAFC star Carlos Vela during match against FC Cincinnati | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | April 13, 2019

The Black and Gold continued to dominate after halftime and despite some tough play from FC Cincinnati they were never in danger of losing their one goal lead.

With five minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game, Vela put the game away. On a solo run into the box Vela eluded a defender and used his right foot to score the teams second goal and the win.

Vela’s moment of brilliance continues to solidify his position as the league’s Most Valuable Player so far this season, after the game he summed up his views on his role this season.

“I’m a DP (Designated Player). They bought me to do these couple of things. So, I get that responsibility in my team, and I try to do my best, to produce the most things possible every game.

Captain, closer, finisher, whatever you want to call Carlos Vela he’s giving a LAFC a name too: winners.

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