The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) returned home to Banc of California Stadium still looking for their first win since the MLS regular season resumed. LAFC found themselves in the midst of a two-game losing streak, having lost to the LA Galaxy (2-0) and Seattle Sounders (3-1).
LAFC again had to go out on the pitch without Carlos Vela and Eduard Atuesta two of their leaders on the pitch and on offense. In order for the team to get back in the win column, LAFC had to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes, a team they were a perfect 4-0 against in team history.
Los Angeles made sure it was 5-0 defeating the Earthquakes 5-1 in a game that wasn’t very close. LAFC put eight shots on target peppering the Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega and putting constant pressure on his defense.
Diego Rossi continued his hot streak scoring two goals making it three for the week, Rossi opened the scoring in the 21st minute scoring from inside the box curling a shot passed Vega. It was the first time LAFC led a game since they were in Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament.
Despite starting off strong the Rossi goal was the only one for both teams in the first half, LAFC overcame their recent struggles in the backline and prevented the Earthquakes from getting going allowing zero shots on goal and keeping them outside of the box.
Bradley Wright-Phillips started the second half in the 49th minute chasing down a loose ball losing his defender, and using his feet to send Vega sprawling before putting the ball into an empty net.
From there the route was on, Jose Cifuentes scored his first goal for LAFC in the 64th minute and just five minutes later Rossi added his second tucking in a low cross under Vega’s arms. Even when coach Bob Bradley sent in his subs the Earthquakes couldn’t stop LAFC, Danny Musovski scored his first goal tucking in a low shot from just outside the box. The Earthquakes scored a last-second goal that provided the final margin, despite missing out on the shutout LAFC proved they could bounce back after some set-backs in the restart.
After the game Bradley acknowledged his teams effort stating:
“I gave everybody credit in the locker room because I really felt the response in the last few days after the Seattle game.”
Bradley Wright-Phillips echoed his coaches sentiments:
“I think overall, it’s a great overall bounce back performance. I think it’s a game we needed. I think we need to just bounce back from the last two results.”
The win was important to get LAFC back on track, but they have to move on quickly. Their next challenge is a road game against the same Galaxy team that beat them a week ago. The question will be which LAF team shows up, the team we saw Wednesday night, or the one that limped into the game, only time will tell.