We all know the deal by now. Wins are a must, help will be needed, and a loss all but leaves you out of the playoffs. That became a lot easier said than done when the Western Conference leaders, Seattle Sounders, came to visit. However, despite the championship pedigree, the rough stretch continued for Seattle, as LAFC got the massive win at home, 3-0.
The match started out perfectly for the black and gold. They did well to stifle the Sounders’ attack, and use the defensive stops to get on the counter attack. The breakthrough moment came early, with Brian Rodriguez electrifying the crowd with a goal in the 21st minute.
Some precise passing led to the second goal, just before the halftime break. Kim Moon-Hwan put a perfect ball into the box, that found Latif Blessing, who left no doubt with his strike to double the lead.
The second half was a bit of a rollercoaster to start. Seattle, as expected, came out strong, and almost cut the lead in half on several attempts. However, it was the home side, and the man himself, to get the third goal of the match. Chicho Arango took his shot from way outside the box, with the ball skipping past the keeper for the three goal lead.
This win extends the black and gold to five matches unbeaten, with three wins and two draws. The team couldn't have chosen a better time to start finding themselves, as each win gets them closer to sneaking into that final playoff spot. The team enjoy a week’s break, before another critical match on the road, when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps Tuesday, Nov. 2,
We also saw the brief return of Carlos Vela, who came on as a sub for the final fifteen minutes. With him healthy and returning to form alongside a scorching Arango, could this finally be the time we see LAFC firing on all cylinders? All they have to do is get into the playoffs, and from there, anything can happen.
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