Here are five takeaways from the night.
Yup, that’s right. LAFC has reached the playoffs in its inaugural season. They become just the fifth team in Major League Soccer history to make the playoffs in their first season.
Even though the playoffs are assured, LAFC’s place is not. Presently they are tied with Sporting Kansas City on 53 points and moving ahead would see LAFC earn a first-round bye.
Dio, Dio, Dio
It has been a long time since Diomande has found the back of the net … three months to be precise.
But, his brace Saturday erased all of that and set him back on track going into the final games of the season and the playoffs.
Dio seemed to get back into form Saturday, which should be a welcomed relief for LAFC boss Bob Bradley.
Making a case
Transfer talk regarding Walker Zimmerman has seemed to have died down over the last few weeks.
But, Zim seems to be playing like a player with something to prove. Whether that is for a bigger contract with the Black-and-Gold or leverage to go to Europe, LAFC seems to be the beneficiary of that play right now.
Set piece champions
The set piece has been golden for LAFC this season.
Whether Laurent Ciman’s direct kick goals from earlier or the damage the Black-and-Gold have done of late from the corner, LAFC has found a way to make set pieces pay off.
Nugget of knowledge: three goals came from three set pieces in the last three matches.
While he may not have as many as Red Bull New York keeper Luis Robles and Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia, LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller is one of only six goalkeepers in MLS with double-digit shutouts. While Melia and Robles have 12 each, Miller joined Columbus’ Zack Steffen and NYCFC’s Sean Johnson with 10.
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