Impressive LAFC take three points home from CenturyLink Field

LAFC made history at CenturyLink Field as they beat the Sounders 0-1 and became the second expansion team in history to win their first MLS game on the road. 

The Black & Gold had a fantastic start, and they nearly opened the scoring in the first few minutes of the game. Latif Blessing found space for a diving header, unfortunately for him it fired against the post.

It was the 11th minute of the game when LAFC made history. The experienced Carlos Vela received the ball before playing a reverse diagonal pass into the feet of 19-year-old Uruguayan, Diego Rossi who scored the club’s first ever MLS goal.

Seattle’s first clear chance to equalise came in the 36th minute when Harry Shipp’s shot was blocked by Laurent Ciman who put his body on the line in order to keep the ball out.

In the 55th minute, another Sounders chance was created when Henry Wingo crossed to Will Bruin who fired over from ten yards. In fairness to Bruin, the pass was behind him so it required difficult technique to direct it goalwards.

Ten minutes later, Seattle thought they had finally got the equaliser. Will Bruin headed in but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position, and the assistant referee was absolutely spot on with the call.

There was controversy in the 73rd minute when Carlos Vela was brought down in the penalty area and he should have been awarded a penalty. He was right to have been aggrieved as the referee didn’t opt to use Video Review.

Sounders’ misery increased when they were reduced to 10-men after Tony Alfaro picked up yellow cards in quick succession. He will now miss their next fixture against FC Dallas.

All in all, it was an unbelievable result for LAFC. CenturyLink Field is probably the hardest place to go in MLS, yet they claimed all three points and kept a clean sheet.

Are LAFC this season’s Atlanta United? On the evidence we’ve seen so far, that could be the case.

 

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