It may have been the most dominating performance this inaugural season for Los Angeles Football Club, but Saturday’s win told us even more about the Black-and-Gold.
With that, here are our five takeaways from LAFC’s big 4-1 win at home over the Philadelphia Union:
More from Adama
There really isn’t much more you can say about Adama Diomande than ‘wow.’
The first hat trick in LAFC history and it came from someone not named Vela or Rossi. Diomande dominated Philadelphia’s underwhelming defense the entire game.
Adama Diomande hat-trick performance in #LAFCvPHI:— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) July 1, 2018
5/7 duels won
The big striker absolutely loves playing for Bob Bradley, and he made history for #LAFC tonight. 7 goals in 5 games. #Dio #MLS pic.twitter.com/QhvQZa5MFD
For Bob Bradley: Someone’s got some decisions to make in the coming weeks as to just how this team is going to look.
Speaking of Bradley … who likes playing for Bradley??? Diomande does ..
LAFC’s midfield continues to impress and its work with the front line of attack gets better and better each week.
Benny Feilhaber has found his spot as a leader on this team and Lee Nguyen hasn’t really missed a step since joining from New England. Let’s not forget about Mark-Anthony Kaye who a lot of people struggled to fit into this team in the beginning. Nonetheless, he has found a pretty stable place in the middle.
Let’s not forget about new signing (and Designated Player) Andre Horta …
With the way this team is playing, especially without Marco Ureña and Carlos Vela, it suggests this team is extremely dangerous, especially when all the pieces are together.
But, like I said above, once the World Cup is over, Bradley is going to have some decisions to make as to what everyone’s role will be and who starts and who comes off the bench.
There are just too many weapons right now, to not try to utilize them all would be a mistake.
Home is home, but what about the road?
Okay, we have created quite the atmosphere at Banc of California Stadium and LAFC has made it a place where teams will struggle to get even a point.
However, that would be great if every game were played at home, but alas they are not. Now, LAFC has to be just as potent on the road. They will get their next test of that potency Tuesday in Texas to take on the Houston Dynamo.
Can’t forget about the defense
The win wouldn’t be possible without the play of the Black-and-Gold defense.
Tyler Miller continues to impress in goal as another solid performance was backed up by great play by Joao Moutinho, Laurent Ciman, Walker Zimmerman and Steven Beitashour.
Yeah, there was a goal, but I think the other 95 minutes of the game were solid for the defense, which often gets overlooked by the play on offense.
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