Los Angeles Football Club played their first competitive game just over two years ago, and while we’re already seen many incredible moments from the club, the history doesn’t run too deep, yet.
That doesn’t mean we can’t look back, however. Let’s start with the first highlight in LAFC history — that historic (yes, even from two years ago!) first goal.
Young star Diego Rossi, a total unknown stateside after his transfer from Uruguayan giant Peñarol, was the player to grab the spotlight, taking the lead in the inaugural game at the Seattle Sounders just 11 minutes in:
I think we’re at risk of getting desensitized to great goals by LAFC, but a blast from the edge of the box in the first game? It’s a great goal!
LAFC were kind of a ragtag group in this first game, with Walker Zimmerman a very late scratch, a short bench and the squad overall still under construction. And yet this moment of magic and a lot of exceptional emergency defending led to a 1-0 win in the first game.
It took until the end of the black-and-gold’s second season, but the Sounders got their revenge in the playoffs last year, on their way to the MLS Cup title. I don’t know if I’d call LAFC vs. Sounders a full-blown rivalry yet, but it’s been a pretty entertaining start for the teams.
And Rossi? As we know, he’s been the real deal: Leading LAFC in scoring in all competitions in 2018, he has 29 goals in 68 regular-season appearances to date, and that’s while mostly being the second scoring option on the team. The 22-year-old is a star still on the rise, and long may it continue however long he remains in black-and-gold.
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