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LAFC Takes Dominant Win Over Rival Galaxy In Group F Match-Up

LAFC Rolls On While Galaxy Faces Elimination. Both Play Last Group Match Thursday.

Photo Gallery Courtesy: MLS-LAFC & Galaxy

(East Los Angeles, CA)[July 18, 2020] Special Note From The Editor: We have a great package for all of our loyal followers and new LAFC and L.A. Galaxy fans. Hope you’re enjoying our coverage thus far of the first U.S. team Pro Sporting event to re-take center stage in the country. In addition to the game recap by Javier Pérez, our correspondent for the MLS Is Back tournament, we are providing you with another exceptional photo gallery that literally will put you on the field play due to the timely capture of the clarity of players’ facial expressions, their body language, and the overall colorful aspect of Fútbol/Soccer. Although no fans are present, the players and the teams, nonetheless, are performing at an extremely high level for their fans and their Cities or Clubs to enjoy and appreciate. Yes, we can now say that our smiles, along with passion and the love of sport, are slowly returning to all of our faces.


[Match Recap By Correspondent Javier Pérez]  After a last minute effort from LAFC to tie their opening tournament match against the Houston Dynamo, and the Galaxy’s disappointing (2-1) loss to the Portland Timbers, in their opener, the two L.A. County rivals squared off in Orlando for the first time since last season’s playoff game which saw LAFC dominate the Galaxy in a (5-3) win. That victory secured them a ticket to the MLS Cup final. Now, in this phase of Group F play, both teams were in search of a win to secure a spot in the next stage of the MLS is Back tournament.


LAFC came out with a classic 4-3-3 lineup with Pablo Sisniega on goal. The defense had center backs Dejan Jakovic and Eddie Segura accompanied by Tristan Blackmon on the right wing and Diego Palacios on the left. Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing, and Mark-Anthony Kaye occupied the midfield. Up on the attack was Brian Rodriguez, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Uruguayan phenomenon Diego Rossi. LAFC however, was notably missing their star, Carlos Vela as he is back in L.A. with his pregnant wife and son.


LA Galaxy on the other hand, opted for a 4-2-2-2 formation. On goal was David Bingham accompanied by center backs Geancarlo Gonzalez and Daniel Steres along with Emiliano Insua and Rolf Feltscher as fullbacks. Joe Corona and Perry Kitchen took on the role as center defensive midfielders with Emil Cuello and  Julian Araujo on the wings to accompany Cristian Pavon and Sebastian Lletget on top. LA Galaxy suffered heavy losses on the pitch as “Chicharito” was forced to sit this one out due to a calf injury suffered a couple of days earlier in practice.


The first-half quickly became a back-and-forth game and sure enough, the Galaxy kicked off the goal-fest in the 5th minute with a play that saw Latif Blessing put the ball in the back of his own net, putting the Galaxy up (1-0). However, it wasn’t a long wait until Rossi drove the sphere to his right on a penalty try in the 13th minute, leveling it at (1-1). The intensity continued from both sides and the Galaxy took the lead once again when Argentinian striker Pavon scored on his own penalty kick, giving them the lead. (2-1). However, Diego Rossi’s brilliance shone through again as he scored the equalizer in stoppage time, which left the halftime score at (2-2).



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The tide quickly changed in the second half of “El Tráfico” in Orlando. This time, new signee Bradley Wright-Phillips gave LAFC the lead for the first time in the game, making it (3-2). The third goal proved to be a real opening of the floodgates as LAFC went on to score 3 more goals as Rossi completed a poker of goals. To close out the night’s scoring spree, Mohamed El-Munir managed to get one past the Galaxy’s overworked goalie, David Bingham.


LAFC sustained their mastery of their cross-town rivals from their last MLS encounter last season, and their resilience once again proved to be one of their biggest qualities. The L.A. Galaxy on the other hand, have many questions to answer in relation to their defensive tactics. LAFC, ( 1-0-1/4 pts.) now faces the Portland Timbers (2-0-0/6 pts.) on Thursday, July 23rd at 4:30 PM (PST) on ESPN2/Deportes -ESPN app and the Galaxy (0-2-0/0 pts.) faces the Houston Dynamo (0-1-1/1 pt.) also on Thursday at 2:00 PM (PST) on Fox Sports1/TUDN-Fox Deportes. Teams that automatically advance to Round of 16: The top (2) finishers from all Groups advance to the Knockout Stage presented by Audi.


About Our Correspondent: Javier Pérez is a Film, TV and Media Major with a Minor in Photography at Cal State University Dominguez Hills. He is a 2018 graduate of Marquez High School, located in Huntington Park, CA, and earned varsity letters in both Football and Soccer. Javier is now going into his Junior year at CSUDH.


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