Admit it. There were some of you out in Black-and-Gold Land that were fretting a bit after Los Angeles Football Club’s 1-0 loss at Vancouver Wednesday.
You were worried we were witnessing the end of what has been heralded as a great start by the Black-and-Gold.
You were worried that, perhaps we were slipping into that mid season coma from last season, a little early.
You were worried that LAFC’s offense might not be as highly-touted as you thought it was.
You were worried that Bob Bradley might have coached this team as much as he could, or that the team was settled on auto-pilot after the strong start.
Whatever your thought may have been, it was likely all washed away after Sunday’s 4-1 thumping of Seattle Sounders at Banc of California Stadium.
A Carlos Vela double along with Eduard Atuesta, and Christian Ramirez put the brakes on Seattle’s strong start and showed why LAFC is dominant inside the friendly confines of The Banc.
While it was Carlitos earning most of the headline attention following the match, you really can’t look past that goal from Ramirez.
What started with a brilliant back-heel – something far too many players attempt to execute with little success – to Mark-Anthony Kaye, who then found Ramirez coming off his man in the box to come all alone in front of goal.
And you have to give it up for Kaye who came through with three assists, not the least of which was picking out Ramirez.
His first came in the first half when he picked out Vela driving through the center of Seattle’s defense to spring wide open.
Despite the double, Kaye was clearly the man of the match, in my humble opinion.
But, the fact of the matter is LAFC rebounded nicely following the loss at Vancouver. After all, it’s a long season, and we certainly aren’t going through the entire season without a loss.
With a goal differential of +18, it is clear that LAFC is heads and shoulders above the rest of the league. And, sitting four points atop the Western Conference doesn’t hurt that either.
The Black-and-Gold get a chance to prove it wasn’t just home cooking when they travel to CenturyLink Field for the rematch on April 28.
M.A. Clark writes the Black and Gold View weekly for angelsonparade.com. If there is a question you have or topic you would like him to address, leave a comment below!