The win was a needed result after LAFC lost back-to-back games for the first time in two years, with Bob Bradley admitting the team seemed to have lost some focus of late. But this result was a vintage LAFC performance, with Diego Rossi scoring a brace and the black-and-gold dominating the run of play throughout.
Bob Bradley rang in the changes for this game, bringing in Pablo Sisniega in goal for Kenneth Vermeer, as well as moving Tristan Blackmon to central defense for Dejan Jakovic, moving Latif Blessing to right back, and bringing in Francisco Ginella in Blessing’s open spot in midfield.
LAFC had a wide open look in the 3rd minute, as Blackmon was wide open in the 6-yard-box on a corner kick, but the ball bounced off him and way over goal. The defender’s curse, that chance.
But they found the opener in the 21st minute, courtesy of top scorer Diego Rossi. The Uruguayan had a well-worked give and go, and his angled shot from the left flank left Quakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega helpless to stop it.
The Earthquakes nearly tied up the game in the 34th minute, with Jackson Yueill’s free kick going mere inches over the crossbar, Sisniega not forced into a save that time.
After the break, LAFC doubled their lead a few minutes into the second half, as an Earthquakes turnover in midfield led to a quick counterattack, with Bradley Wright-Phillips beating Vega to finish the play and get the tally.
And then LAFC poured it on from there, with Jose Cifuentes scoring his first goal for the club in the 64th minute.
But they weren’t done, as Rossi scored his second of the night with a terrific finish.
Danny Musovski came off the bench and hit a nice goal to ice the result in the 84th minute, as he was fed by fellow substitute Andy Najar. The goal was Musovski’s first for the club.
The only demerit on the night was that Danny Hoesen came off the bench and scored a consolation goal on the final kick of the game for the Earthquakes, spoiling Sisniega’s clean sheet.
But all in all it was an impressive result. LAFC looked like they may be on the edge of teetering, but they came through and got the win, and in trademark style. Now, let’s see if that rocky patch was just a blip.
LAFC are back in action Sunday with a big game, as they’ll face the LA Galaxy once more, this time at Dignity Health Sports Park. The Galaxy are flying, having won all their games since playing LAFC last, but this win by the black-and-gold over the Earthquakes will help them get some confidence after a couple tough results. As always, it should be very, very interesting.
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