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Do You Believe?! San Jose Earthquakes 3, LAFC 4

Visitors score at the death to take three points.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at San Jose Earthquakes Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club won a true thriller on Saturday, rescuing a win from the jaws of a loss, as they defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 4-3 with a last-second goal at Avaya Stadium.

The goals came early and often, starting with San Jose in the 11th minute. Vako opened the scoring for the home side, with a simple finish off a late run into the box, receiving an early cross from Danny Hoesen. LAFC were shaken.

But they came back. Adama Diomande scored his second goal in as many league games, as he capitalized on a rebound in the box in the 15th minute. Then, Steven Beitashour scored against his old team four minutes later, blasting home a deflection to put LAFC ahead.

LAFC looked like they were firmly in control into the halftime break, but the Quakes made the better adjustments and came out for the second half with a new commitment to counterattacking, and punished the visitors with it.

San Jose captain Chris Wondolowski took his team on his shoulders and scored a brace to put the Earthquakes ahead. First, he hit a swerving chip in the 52nd minute to tie up the game. Then, he pressured Tyler Miller, on a backpass, who had been playing a good game up to that point. Miller tried to play out of the back, could not beat Wondo, and slipped, with the veteran taking the ball and slotting it in the open net to make the game 3-2 in favor of San Jose.

LAFC looked down and out for a long stretch after that, but got another equalizer courtesy of Diomande in the 90th minute, and it looked like they would hold on for an unlikely draw.

But it got better, as Joao Moutinho scored his first career goal in a scramble in the box in the 97th minute to win the game. What a finish! LAFC were understandably jubilant, and the Quakes understandably crushed by the turn of events.

Let’s be real here: LAFC did score four goals, but they were mighty lucky on the night to even have a chance at a win in the end. They looked like they had really been broken in the second half and would not be able to even tie it up. But San Jose left the door open for them to grab a couple goals and flip the scoreline, and they took it, although they left it mighty late.

This is a horseshoe kind of game. Maybe it’s karma for dropping the first El Trafico or something. LAFC knew they would have a tougher time without the likes of Carlos Vela and Laurent Ciman, and so it’s proved. But they also grabbed a much-needed win, and in the most dramatic fashion possible, and it’s a great feeling.

LAFC are back in action on June 20, when they host Sacramento Republic FC in the U.S. Open Cup. The World Cup (mini-)break is here!

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