Los Angeles Football Club’s season ended before we all hoped it would. But it was a great ride along the way, and in an inaugural season, we really could not have asked for much more.
After a disappointing playoff loss, we wanted to remember the good times, and take a look back at the best moments of the season for LAFC.
1). The first victory in the first game against Seattle
LAFC started off the season in the best way possible. In their first ever game, which was in Seattle, not an easy place to play, LAFC took an early lead, Diego Rossi scoring a great goal off of a feed from Carlos Vela. LAFC then defended for most of the rest of the game, and the defense and Tyler Miller put in great performances, as LAFC secured their first-ever victory in their first-ever game. Credit to the LAFC fans as well, who traveled well and provided a rowdy opposing section of fans at the game.
2. LAFC’s rout of Real Salt Lake
The first victory, while very impressive for it to happen, was a bit of a smash and grab job up in Seattle. The second was anything but. After going down a goal, LAFC roared back and crushed Real Salt Lake 5-1. Diego Rossi had a brace, Carlos Vela and Benny Feilhaber got their first goals for LAFC, in what was just a dominant display, and a sign of what LAFC could be at their very best offensively.
3. Carlos Vela’s golazo against the LA Galaxy
Yes, the game did not end well for LAFC, and their good moments of the game get lost because of that, but Carlos Vela scored a phenomenal goal to open the scoring in the first edition of El Trafico. A perfect left footed curler from the top of the box into the top corner of the net. It’s a shame that this goal wasn’t much remembered after the game because of Zlatan.
4. Laurent Ciman’s free kick winner against Seattle
LAFC opened Banc of California Stadium on April 29th, and it was a great occasion. The stadium turned out to be terrific, the fans were up for the game, and LAFC had a good season to date. Still, while the team played well, the could not score on the night. But then came the Hollywood ending, as Laurent Ciman stepped up in the 93rd minute, and smashed a free kick in to give LAFC the late winner in their new stadium.
5. LAFC’s late comeback in San Jose
It seems like every game LAFC played against a California team this year was memorable, and especially their first game up north against the San Jose Earthquakes. It was a real seesaw game, with LAFC going down 1-0 early, then scoring twice to go up 2-1, then going back down 3-2, and then, scoring twice in stoppage time including Joao Moutinho’s winner in the 97th minute to steal all three points in San Jose. It was exhilarating, and a great moment for Moutinho and the team.
6. LAFC’s Open Cup victory over the Portland Timbers
In the aftermath this game unfortunately was remembered more for the accusation Adama Diomande made that he was racially abused by a Timbers player, and also the Timbers’ complaint that LAFC had fielded too many international players. But the game itself was a great game. After a dour 0-0 draw against Portland a few days before, LAFC jumped out to an early lead and held on to advance 3-2. The game-winning goal was scored by Marco Urena, and it was a nice moment for him after missing so many chances during the season, and being so close to scoring the opening goal in this game that ended up being an own goal.
7. LAFC beats Toronto FC 4-2 in Toronto
In the inaugural Bradley Bowl, Bob’s team came out on top, as LAFC beat the defending champs in their stadium, and basically put an end to Toronto’s playoff hopes this year. Carlos Vela shined in this game, and the result was a signature victory for LAFC in their first season.
8. LAFC beats Rapids 3-0, clinches a playoff spot in their first season
LAFC achieved one of their season goals by clinching a playoff sport in a 3-0 away win in Colorado. Coming off of a disappointing 3-1 loss in Chicago, LAFC were looking to bounce back as well as clinch a playoff spot, and they did with a solid 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.
LAFC had so many good moments during this season. I enjoyed looking back on all of these moments, and I hope you guys do too.