Here’s what we thought about the game, and the title overall.
First ever title for LAFC
Wow, what a feeling! A season with high expectations after a bitter playoff loss now includes a trophy. LAFC came into the game in a bit of a slump, but we saw a lot of the team we’ve seen all season tonight.
Dominant possession, Carlos Vela scoring an early goal, and a relentless push in the second half lead to the eventual victory on the night.
Because of that, LAFC won the first-ever trophy on their home field.
The goal in the season is still MLS Cup, but the Supporters’ Shield is a milestone that should be celebrated by everyone, from the owners all the way down to the newest fans.
This was the first LAFC celebration this year, and hopefully it won’t be the last.
Tristan Blackmon excelled
One of the most solid players of the last couple years has been Steven Beitashour.
Beita is one of the reliable veterans that on the team that rarely puts a foot wrong, and when he was out it was a challenge for LAFC.
Latif Blessing was used at right back, and while he played well, the team certainly missed his explosiveness up the field.
Because of various injuries, suspensions, or just squad rotation, Tristan Blackmon has gotten more playing time, and he has made the most of it. He is able to add to the attack while at the same time remaining defensively solid.
Blackmon had the cross that led to the go-ahead goal, which was deflected off the crossbar and right to Diego Rossi on the back post.
It’s nice that LAFC has defensive depth, and good to know that Blackmon can perform when called upon.
Snapped the slump
LAFC did take the lead early on in this game, but like some games recently, they did give up a goal to tie the game, an own goal that made the game 1-1 just five minutes after they took the lead.
In recent weeks LAFC had trouble breaking through, and against Toronto last weekend, they didn’t generate a ton of chances.
But this looked like the LAFC of old, as they dominated possession and poured on the chances, until finally the dam burst and Rossi got the go-ahead goal. From there, it was all but decided, as LAFC pushed for a third goal, and limited the chances by the Houston Dynamo.
Atuesta’s sweet free kick
Speaking of a 3rd goal, this one by Eduard Atuesta is fitting to win a game and a title.
This sweet kick truly finished off the game, and was a nice moment for Atuesta, who has been one of the players of the season for LAFC.
Carlos Vela converted a penalty kick early on to take the lead for LAFC. This was his 30th goal of the season, which puts him just one behind Josef Martinez’s record for most goals in a single season in MLS.
Vela also became the first player ever in MLS to have 30 goals and 15 assists in a single season. He now has two games to tie and break the record. I wouldn’t put it past him to get more than a few goals in these last couple of games.
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