LAFC vs Minnesota United FC Highlights
The LAFC vs Minnesota United FC match on Tuesday night in Saint Paul resulted in a 1-1 tie after LAFC were trailing from behind. Carlos Vela came up with a clutch score in the second half to equalize the game and bring the Black and Gold closer to winning the top seed of the Western Conference.
Both teams missed some good looks early on. MNUFC forward Luis Amarilla almost capitalized a scoring possession in the 21’ but his shot went past LAFC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau and bounced off the far post. Reynoso, who is currently Minnesota’s leading scorer, was able to play the entire game after missing out on The Loons’ last match with an ankle injury.
Just before the end of the first half, Minnesota’s Brent Kallman scored the first goal of the night with a header following a Reynoso corner kick to the top corner of the goal area. Kallman’s score was his second this MLS season.
Newcomer Cristian Tello entered the match in the second half for his MLS debut. LAFC was ready to even the score and did so in the 64th minute with Vela’s left-footed strike from outside of the box within the penalty arch. Vela now puts the Black and Gold at 42 second half goals in 2022 along with his own ninth score of the season.
A nail-biting stoppage time almost cost LAFC the game when MNUFC midfielder Joseph Rosales launched the ball behind the center line that took a top spin over Crépeau. Luckily enough, Kellyn Acosta was at the right place at the right time and saved the ball from rolling toward the net.
LAFC gets an opportunity to win the top seed in the Western Conference on Wednesday if Austin FC loses or draws against Real Salt Lake. That said, the attention should be shifted to LAFC’s next match on Sunday, September 18 versus the Houston Dynamo.