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5 takeaways from LAFC’s 5-1 win over Real Salt Lake

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MLS: Los Angeles FC at Real Salt Lake
Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi (9) shoots the ball during the first half against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.
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Offense was in no short supply as Los Angeles Football Club dismantled Real Salt Lake 5-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday.

Not that it was a clinic, but it was pretty darn close, as LAFC opens its inaugural campaign with a pair of road wins.

With that, here is our inaugural look at five takeaways from the big win in Sandy, Utah:

This LAFC offense has the potential to be the most exciting in MLS

Just the way the offense was able to move the ball at will, in and around the area was exciting. The one-touches and the through-balls were crisp, clean and found their marks a majority of the time. If not for some quick thinking by RSL defenders, the game could have been a lot worse.

Diego Rossi is the real deal

I mean, what more can you say? Three goals in two games. The first coming on a nice slot pass from Marcos Urena and the second credited to nice footwork. It is hard not to get excited when he touches the ball in the area because he has the potential to do so many things. Oh, and he added three assists on the day.

Defense is still a little shaky

Yeah, there was the penalty, which could be considered a little questionable, but there were other moments like Laurent Ciman’s backward pass into danger in the first half and a couple of giveaways that may be eliminated with more time playing together. That said, Tyler Miller had another very strong performance (and you can’t really count the Joao Plata penalty kick — he made a nice stop on the penalty itself).

Accounts open

Watching the Univision broadcast and you could tell the announcers were waiting with bated breath for Carlos Vela to score. And why not? He is on the Mexican national team after all. That aside, it was good to see Benny Feilhaber notch his first goal thanks to Steven Beitashour and for Vela to make a nice move and dink shot over Nick Rimando for his first.

Possession doesn’t necessarily win games

Real Salt Lake held the ball more than LAFC — by a count of 61 to 39 percent — but that yielded very little. It was LAFC’s creative counterattack and its speed on offense that proved to be the difference. This is a very dangerous LAFC offensive attack Bob Bradley has assembled. Shore up a few things on defense and we could see something really special in the weeks to come.

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