With that, here are our five takeaways from Sunday’s glorious win.
It was Lee Nguyen who ended the stalemate with great control of a missed clearance opportunity from Colorado. His ability to bring the ball down, control it and maneuver around the Rapids’ defense was nothing short of highlight-worthy.
It was a nice way to start the second half, especially after such a rough first half.
Tyler coming up big
In the postgame news conference, goalkeeper Tyler Miller said he appreciated the crowd on Sunday night.
"Having this opportunity to play here in front of so many supporters... it gave me a different mentality and appreciation toward this city, this club, and this game."— LAFC (@LAFC) August 20, 2018
Tyler Miller takes nothing for granted at #LAFC. pic.twitter.com/1365tvRaNE
Whatever mojo he found seemed to work as Miller came up big posting his second straight clean sheet and ninth of the season in all competitions.
Rossi finding his groove
Diego Rossi might finally be finding just where his place is on this team.
His effort late in the second half was another example of why keeping him active in the LAFC attack is crucial.
His moves completely owned the Colorado defense as he went nearly unchecked — until he was already in the area — to score late in the game and put the match away.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the solid play of Steven Beitashour and Jordan Harvey.
Getting space was a problem for the Black-and-Gold during their winless streak and both Harvey and Beitashour found ways to create that space against Colorado.
On the flip side, both were in tune to the flow of play that they were able to cut down on what Colorado does so well … run in the open field.
You really can’t say enough about the LAFC defense from Sunday night. They took everything Colorado threw at them and gave it right back.
Danilo Silva had a brilliant save on a potential one-on-one between Miller and Niki Jackson.
I mean … wow!
Between Silva and Laurent Ciman, the LAFC defense was a wall and provided the Black-and-Gold with what they needed to keep Colorado at bay.
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