As a result of an outstanding performance by goalkeeper Tyler Miller, LAFC earn their first win in franchise history away from home vs. Seattle Sounders 1-0.
In a ruckus atmosphere in the Emerald City, LAFC got off to a blistering start. Less than a minute in, Latif Blessing almost headed LAFC into the lead as he found himself on the end of a brilliant Diego Rossi cross which hit off the post.
After good interchanging play by their front four, they got the dream start they sought 11 minutes into the match as Carlos Vela put Rossi in with a delightful through ball and the Uruguayan curled a shot past Stefan Frei.
Carlos Vela ➡ Diego Rossi. Enough said.
— LAFC (@LAFC) March 4, 2018
While the away side had some spells of sustained pressure in their attacking third of the pitch, Seattle grew into the match.
Immediately after the goal, Miller made a miraculous save on Sounders leftback Nouhou Tolo as the Cameroonian aimed for the far post.
What. A. Save.
Tyler Miller keeps his old friends off the board.
— LAFC (@LAFC) March 4, 2018
The play of the first half however came in the 36th minute as Sounders forward Harry Shipp had an open net but his shot was blocked by Laurent Ciman.
The second half was all Seattle.
The home side pummeled LAFC as they were pinned back in their own 18-yard box.
The Sounders were close to scoring again as Handwalla Bwana hit a shot off the crossbar from 18-yards out. In the span of a few minutes, Miller rose to the occasion again as he saved a point-blank header off a corner to keep it 1-0.
“Yeah, the defenders were amazing today. It was an entire team effort. This is not an easy place to come and play. For me I was just doing my job back there. Whenever I am called upon I am there to help bail our team out and I was just happy to make all those saves today.”
LAFC defended well and they were given a bit of fortune as Sounders center-back Tony Alfaro saw two yellows in as little as five minutes as the home side went down to 10 men.
There was also controversy when Carlos Vela was taken down on the edge of the penalty box. It looked like a sure penalty, but VAR was not called into action.
They eventually held out and earned three points in a hard-fought win away from home.
It wasn’t the prettiest performance, but getting a win against a Western Conference giant in a hostile environment will only boost the confidence within the team
Man of the Match: Tyler Miller
Playing away from home, everyone needs to be on top of their game, especially the goalkeeper, and Miller rose to the occasion to deny his former side a result.
The former Sounders man made seven saves in an extraordinary performance between the sticks.
LAFC look to win their second match as they travel to take on Real Salt Lake this Saturday.
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