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Carbon Copy: LAFC 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0

Remarkably similar goals from unlikely source made the difference.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles FC Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club beat the heat on Saturday at Banc of California Stadium, by defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0, behind two nearly identical goals from defender Walker Zimmerman, his first two-goal game in his professional career.

With the win, LAFC moved up to 2nd place in the Western Conference, albeit with the rest of the weekend’s games yet to be played, and moved the team closer to clinching an MLS Cup Playoffs berth in their expansion season.

LAFC started the opening minutes of the game strongly, basically camping out in their final third and trying to find a way to unlock San Jose’s defense early. Carlos Vela came closest with a snap shot that would have been spectacular if he had pulled it off.

After about the 20th minute, the Quakes found some traction in the game and took some possession, although LAFC continued to look more assured in the game overall.

Shortly before the opening goal, LAFC had a series of corner kicks. On about the fifth one in the sequence, they found paydirt, as Vela’s service from the corner was headed in by Walker Zimmerman in the 41st minute, the defender’s first goal for his team.

The game in the second half began with rather low energy, and the first great chance was the second goal, which was Zimmerman’s second goal of the game, a carbon copy of the first, heading in Vela’s corner kick in the 68th minute.

This performance wasn’t the earth-shattering blowout I’m sure we were all hoping for, but it did resemble competent two-way wins LAFC have quietly piled up this season at The Banc, complete with a shutout. Considering this team is not exactly a defensive lockdown side, their eighth in league play in 14 wins this year.

LAFC take care of business here, and will look to do the same next Saturday, in their next game, on the road against the Chicago Fire. The Fire have been terrible this season, are kind of an Eastern Conference version of the Quakes, but they do have almost twice as many wins as San Jose and actually have more talent than their record would indicate this year. We know this LAFC team is never boring, so should be an interesting match.

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