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Making History: LAFC Defends The Banc in 4-2 Victory

Official LAFC Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

The Los Angeles Football Club continues to shake up the league in a 4-2 win over the New York Red Bulls and remains the only team in the MLS undefeated at home.

Normally, defenders don’t make the highlight reel or some recaps but last night was a special occasion. Defenders Jordan Harvey and Eddie Segura scored their first LAFC goals off of set-pieces – coming off balls played towards the middle of the penalty area by non-other Carlos Vela.

Harvey’s header opened up the scoring sheet in the 23rd minute. And less than two minutes later, a sequence of passes by Eduard Atuesta and Steven Beitashour helped Latif Blessing notch one home to double the score.

However, celebrations would be cut short in the 42nd minute. Blessing made a tackle outside the top of the left side of the box, but the ball rolled to Red Bull’s Cristian Casseres Jr., who sent a low shot near post – pulling one back for the visitors cutting the lead in half.

Tyler Miller was quick to make a diving save in the 44th minute to deny Daniel Royer securing the lead a little longer – just before the Red Bulls made another run at LAFC’s defense to force an own goal by the keeper – leveling the match just before the half.

Mark-Anthony Kaye regained the lead in the 50th minute when he sent a through ball down the middle into the back of the net. But the referee Drew Fischer later disallowed it for a foul outside the box after consulting VAR.

Six minutes later, Blessing almost gave us serious deja vu with another goal by dribbling past two defenders, but an outstretched Luis Robles blocked his attempt.

LAFC proceeded to push on the counters – soon receiving another scoring opportunity when Rece Buckmaster, recently signed from Red Bulls II, got tangled up with Eduard Atuesta who went down inside the box – awarding LAFC the penalty. Vela successfully converted the shot putting the black-and-gold back in front, scoring his 23rd-career goal.

The Mexican captain continues to make history, now tied with the record for most combined goals and assists in a single MLS season.

And just when you thought Bob Bradley would go the full 90 with all starters – he made a double substitution late in the second half sending in Lee Nguyen and Josh Perez replacing Kaye and Diego Rossi.

Segura, who was recently acquired from Colombian side Atletico Huila on a permanent, multi-year deal, notched his first career goal and the game-winner off a free kick from the captain in the 72nd minute.

Perez and Adama Diomande kept knocking on the Red Bulls door for the duration of the match but had difficulty finding the fifth goal. Ultimately, LAFC ended the match by claiming all three points and solidifying their lead at the top of the table even further.

Now with 55 points, a +40 goal differential, and leading the Supporters’ Shield race by 10 points – LAFC will travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to face rivals Real Salt Lake on Saturday, August 17.

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Match Preview: LAFC Hosts Sporting KC for Season Opener

Official LAFC Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.

When: Sunday, March 3rd, 5:30 p.m. PT.

How to watch: ESPN, ESPNLA 710, KFWB 980

LAFC is back!

With the first team roster set and tensions on the rise, the Los Angeles Football Club will host Sporting Kansas City in a thrilling matchup for the 2019 Season Opener at Banc of California Stadium.

After completing a prolific 2018 campaign, LAFC is looking to start the new season on a high note – defeating Sporting KC at home.

The club lost twice to Sporting KC last season – resulting in LAFC’s first home loss during the regular season and again on Decision Day in Kansas City, Kan., with SKC staying atop the western conference, leaving LAFC second seed going into the 2018 playoffs. All things considered, the black-and-gold isn’t taking Sunday’s contest too lightly:

“They’re a good team and that last game on the road was a difficult one in that it would have decided our place in the standings that very last day,” Jordan Harvey told reporters. “KC is a difficult team. We just have to go at them and be more aggressive.”

Goalkeeper Tyler Miller shared similar sentiments:

“Last year we were a different team. They were a different team. So we’re looking at this game as a completely separate thing from that series,” Miller said. “We know they’re coming off of two Concacaf Champions League games – so we know they’re going to have a little bit of an edge in playing those two games early. But we think we have a strong team and we know it’s going to be a tough matchup – I think we’re all confident in our team.”

Sporting KC will be coming into LA hot off a historic defeat of Deportivo Toluca FC in the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16, advancing to the next stage.

Roster rotation? Possibly. Physically, Sporting KC can continue on the road and will “move the team around a little bit.” But the team understands Sunday’s marquee match will be a difficult task and are looking to take things up a notch.

Manager Peter Vermes has fielded the same starting XI for both matches. Kelyn Rowe and Erik Hurtado made their club debuts in Kansas City during the first leg – then appearing again as late substitutions in Mexico. There is a chance one of them could earn a start on Sunday. But if we have to be honest, I feel Vermes will start the same lineup – using early substitutions given Sporting KC will immediately continue their globe-trotting adventures to Panama for the next round just days after the MLS opener.

After last weekend’s brief scare, Carlos Vela has been seen back in full training this week. The captain is still listed as “day to day” with a knee injury and has yet to be ruled out for Sunday.

The return of Mark-Anthony Kaye: Coming back after suffering a season-ending injury, Kaye is ready to return to the pitch and he displayed that same determination during the preseason.

Debuts? Although I do not see Peter-Lee Vassell starting, I predict he could make his club debut that evening, along with Shaft Brewer Jr. or Mohamed El-Munir.

LAFC Projected Starting XI

(4-3-3): Tyler Miller; Jordan Harvey, Eddie Segura, Walker Zimmerman, Steven Beitashour; Eduard Atuesta, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Lee Nguyen; Diego Rossi, Christian Ramirez, Carlos Vela.

Sporting KC Projected Starting XI

(4-3-3): Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Andreu Fontas, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic; Ille Sanchez, Roger Espinoza, Felipe Guiterrez, Johnny Russell, Krisztian Nemeth, Gerso Fernandes

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