Los Angeles Football Club won their second straight game on Sunday night, with a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Banc of California Stadium. A goal from Lee Nguyen in the opening minutes of the second half was the difference for the Black-and-Gold as they maintain their third-place spot in the Western Conference.
The first 35 minutes were not the best of the season for either team involved. LAFC was unable to string their normal amount of possession and open passing together, and could not get past Colorado’s pressing defense. The action did pick up, however, as Niki Jackson had a shot that went right to the gut of Tyler Miller. Laurent Ciman responded minutes later with a classic knuckleball free-kick attempt, which stung the palms of Tim Howard. The first half did not end without controversy, however, when Benny Feilhaber brought the ball down in the box in added time from Christian Ramirez. As Feilhaber popped the ball up, it appeared to bounce off the outstretched arm of Danny Wilson. Despite the pleas of multiple LAFC players, the VAR did not choose to have the referee take a look, and play went on.
Why even have Video Review, if the referee isn't going to take a look at a situation like this?!?! The inconsistency of when, and how often, referees go to Video Review in #MLS games is very frustrating.#LAFCvCOL #EraPenal #VAR pic.twitter.com/JR0WyHMKQC— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) August 20, 2018
LAFC got on the right track in the first minutes of the second half. Nguyen brought the ball down off a rebound as he ran into the box, controlled it himself, and spun around a defender before slotting the ball into the back of the net. There was nothing Colorado could have done once Nguyen pulled off the spin, and LAFC went up 1-0 after looking not too impressive in the first half.
Lee Nguyen breaks the deadlock with a brilliant individual effort!!! Controlled on his chest, touched it around the defender, spun another defender, and finished while falling down!! #LAFC lead 1-0!#LAFCvCOL #MLS #Golazo pic.twitter.com/VOQampGzd1— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) August 20, 2018
There was a nervy moment or two for Los Angeles in the late second half, as Colorado had the chances they needed to get back into the game, and even tie it up. One of these was in the 75th minute, when Jackson seemed to have the ball one-on-one with Tyler Miller, with Danilo Silva just behind him on his right. Silva managed to slide and hook the ball away just as Jackson went to shoot, and cleanly prevented a shot at Miller. The next came just two minutes later, when Dillon Serna lifted the ball to Jack McBean, who was all by himself in the center of the box in between Jordan Harvey and Laurent Ciman. He headed the ball right to Miller instead of on either side of the keeper, though, which kept LAFC up one goal.
Moments later, just after the substitution of Latif Blessing for Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi doubled the lead for the Black-and-Gold in spectacular fashion. Feilhaber found Adama Diomande on the far side of the pitch, and Dio hit a quick flick behind him to completely spring Diego Rossi into the open field. Rossi then tore down the entire half of the pitch himself before rifling a shot past Tim Howard at the far post.
Rossi’s goal in the 80th minute was the final blow for LAFC against Colorado, as they played out a 2-0 victory at home to begin a new winning streak for Bob Bradley. With this win, they maintain their spot in third in the Western Conference, level on points with Sporting Kansas City. Their next match is on Friday night against the LA Galaxy, in the third edition of El Trafico this season, the second at the Stubhub Center.
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