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Takeaways In LAFC’s 2-0 Win vs. Minnesota United

LAFC's Laurent Ciman celebrating goal along with Eduard Atuesta | Photo by LAFC | May 9, 2018
Takeaways In LAFC’s 2-0 Win vs. Minnesota United

In a professional performance, LAFC earned its second home win of the season beating Minnesota United 2-0.

After an extended six-game road trip, they are currently on a three-game undefeated run at home.

They’ve played brilliantly at home and Wednesday’s performance showed that LAFC are one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Here are some takeaways from the match:

1. LAFC Finished Their Chances

The match Wednesday felt like last match vs. FC Dallas. They controlled the play and created many chances.

However, during last weekend’s result, for every chance they didn’t put away gave Dallas much more confidence to get a result and they did.

Maxi Urruti turned Laurent Ciman and slotted a cool finish past Tyler Miller to make it 1-1.

LAFC made sure they didn’t have a repeat of that match.

Goals by Eduard Atuesta and Mark-Anthony Kaye deflated the sails of Minnesota and offered nothing going forward.

With a comfortable cushion, LAFC looked untroubled as they forced the away side into submission.

For LAFC, they are a quality side going forward and if they continue to put away chances, not only will it make it easier for the defense, but they have a shot at winning the MLS title if they can keep up performances like this.

2. The Presence of Secondary Scoring

In these three games, you know what hasn’t happened?

Carlos Vela, and Diego haven’t scored at the Banc of California Stadium.

In their home opener, Laurent Ciman scored a game-winning free-kick and against Dallas, Steve Beitashour scored less than ten minutes into the match.

Wednesday’s result saw Eduard Atuesta and Mark-Anthony Kaye get on the score sheet for the first time.

In the 31st minute, Rossi found Atuesta right in front of goal and the Colombian international made a sumptuous turn and slotted it home past Minnesota keeper Bobby Shuttleworth to make it 1-0.

Six minutes later, Blessing headed a ball towards the path of Kaye and hit a cool finish off the volley to make it 2-0.

With the usual suspects off the score sheet, LAFC need other players to step up and get goals.

LAFC’s last three results at home show they can take the burden of goal-scoring off of Rossi and Vela.

3. They’re creating a Gap Between Themselves and the Rest of the Western Conference.

While Sporting KC still sit on top of the West with 23 points, LAFC are four points behind with 19.

Behind LAFC, there is a six point gap with FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps at 13 points.

After that, Minnesota is seven points back, Houston is eight points behind, and eternal rivals LA Galaxy are nine points adrift.

A win against the second best team in the Eastern Conference in NYCFC, they can create an even wider gap between themselves and the rest of the pack.

Although it’s too early to tell, we could possibly see a two-horse race to see who will win the West by June.

It’s not outlandish to think that LAFC could even win the supporters shield.

A win Sunday would go a long way in cementing themselves as contenders for the #1 seed in the Western Conference.

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