It seemed to be all rather quick and painless as goals in the fourth and eighth minutes helped Los Angeles Football Club secure a 2-0 home win against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday night at Banc of California Stadium.
With that, here are our five takeaways from the big win:
Okay, at some point a decision is going to have to be made in terms of how this team is going to look moving forward.
In four league matches, Diomande has four goals and has become a significant attacking threat. When Carlos Vela returns from international duty with Mexico’s national team, LAFC head coach Bob Bradley going to have options.
Welcome back Captain!
But, the Red Devils’ loss is our gain.
Oh, and if you missed the goal from more than 40 yards out, here you go:
Laurent Ciman scores a #Golazo on his return! The captain smashed a bouncing long distance free kick to give #LAFC the early lead vs #CrewSC. What a way to bounce back from being left off #Belgium final #WorldCup squad! #LAFCvCLB #MLS #BEL pic.twitter.com/ZsFbPYbUOa— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) June 24, 2018
What about Tyler Miller?
Say what you will about the shot-stopper over the last five matches, but you have to take into consideration that the former Seattle net-minder has now five shutouts this season.
That is with an expansion team with a strong international presence, so I think that counts for a lot of points in Miller’s favor.
Normally, I would reserve a sub-heading like that for some kind of a referee quip, but in this case it is meant squarely in reference to the home-field advantage LAFC — and more importantly the fans — have built up at Banc of California Stadium.
Thus far, the team is unbeaten at home with three wins and three draws this season in league play, extended to 5-0-3 if the U.S. Open Cup is taken into account.
Something that may have been overlooked amid the absence of Vela is the play of LAFC’s midfield, especially that of Benny Feilhaber, Eduard Atuesta and Lee Nguyen.
Not only have they been instrumental in creating chances up front for Diomande, but they also did a solid job on Federico Higuain. The Columbus playmaker had little breathing room all night long as LAFC’s midfield clamped down and was relentless in their marking.
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