Three Things We Learned In LAFC’S 5-1 Win vs. Real Salt Lake

LAFC teammates celebrated the goal | Photo by LAFC | March 10, 2018
Three Things We Learned In LAFC’S 5-1 Win vs. Real Salt Lake

After holding on to earn all three points vs. Seattle on the opening day of the season, LAFC traveled to the Rio Tinto Stadium and mauled Real Salt Lake to a resounding 5-1 scoreline.

Here are three things that stood out:

1. LAFC’s front four were devastating

In similar fashion to their last match, LAFC had a great start to the first half and pressed RSL well but while scoring within the first ten minutes last match, the away side came close as Carlos Vela rounded keeper Nick Rimando but his shot was blocked.

After going down 1-0, LAFC sat back as RSL piled on the pressure, but their discipline forced the home side into making plenty of mistakes and their offense went to work.


LAFC forward Marco Urena | Photo by LAFC | March 10, 2018

LAFC turned the style on for their first goal as forward Marco Urena put Uruguayan Diego Rossi through on goal and slotted it home with past Rimando to make it 1-1.

Their second goal was an exhibition of passing excellence as Carlos Vela from out wide passed it to Urena in the middle, who held it up and laid it off to Rossi, who in turn found Steve Beitashour making a run, then passed it to an open Latif Blessing who put the away side 2-1 up.

For their third goal, Rossi put Beitashour through down the right with a delightful flick who then found a streaking Benny Feilhaber down the middle to put the 3-1 to the good.

Carlos Vela found Rossi again who scored to make it 4-1, then Vela scored his first goal to make it 5-1.

LAFC’s front four tore RSL to pieces and will be a handful for any other side to contain this season.

2. Laurent Ciman was solid as ever at the back

While the front four of LAFC stole all of the headlines, let’s not forget who had a solid performance at the back.

Ciman was never troubled at the back and helped his side initiate attacks from the back. He made vital interceptions when necessary and helped organize the defense throughout the 90 minutes.


LAFC captain Laurent Ciman celebrating the victory | Photo by LAFC | March 10, 2018

While LAFC turned on the style, you have to be just as good at the back to give your forwards confidence to go forward and lay siege to the opposing team’s defense. Ciman gives LAFC assurance at the back and the captain has been just as crucial to the club’s two-game winning streak away from home this season.

The Belgian looks to be the signing of the season so far for Bob Bradley’s side.

3. LAFC look strong on the road

While the club will have to wait to late April to play their first game at the new stadium, Los Angeles will need to have a good start on the road, and they have done exactly that so far.

They shocked the world of the MLS when went into a hostile environment in Seattle and scraped out with all three points. Not many teams can do that, and to do that in their first game as a club deserves recognition.

They then went into another fortress at the Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL had one of the best records in the second half of the season and after going down 1-0, LAFC tore them apart. They pounced on mistakes while the home side were in possession. They passed around RSL defenders like they were traffic cones and it felt like a training session.

They will need to keep the intensity up as their next opponent will be against their eternal rivals LA Galaxy.

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