LAFC vs DC United Highlights
Lucky seven—even without Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini, the LAFC vs DC United match still resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Black and Gold which secured their streak of a club record seven wins in a row. As a substitute, Kwadwo Opoku scored the game’s only goal.
LAFC announced that load management will resume exactly how it was in the victory against Charlotte FC last week, with both Bale and Chiellini not even sitting on the bench. Their time will come again.
The first half of the LAFC vs DC United match wasn’t the most pleasant, but it left us with much praise for the defense from goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau who blocked two big strikes from DC’s Jackson Hopkins and Victor Pálsson. At the time, DC United was at the bottom of MLS league standings with a 6-14-4 record—this match was a must win for the Los Angeles FC.
It was a bit slow for the Black and Gold to get things going at the beginning of the second half, but thanks to a double caution in the 60th, there was a shift of energy. DC United’s Steven Birnbaum was first flagged for a red card following a tackle on Kelly Acosta, which resulted in one man short for DC.
Minutes later in the 67th, LAFC took advantage of the opportunity. Vela rushed down midfield with an open Opoku but found Chicho Arango who passed to right to Opoku for the clear look at the back of the net. With a quick left-footed strike, Opoku scored the first and only goal of the match to bring LAFC the lead.
The crowd at Banc of California Stadium went wild on Tuesday night, and the LAFC victory at home was their seventh consecutive. The 1-0 win was LAFC’s first of this 2022, and they now have a 18-4-3 record with 57 points.
The week’s not over as the Black and Gold will return to the field on the road this Saturday, August 20 against the San Jose Earthquakes.