The seventh edition of El Clasico between the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and the LA Galaxy went for a tense affair into a 6-2 laugher. A game of two halves LAFC overcame another sloppy start to put up the most goals in a match between them and their cross-town rivals.
The Galaxy needed a win and they were going to have to do without Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who was out with a calf strain suffered in training.
LAFC played their typical game holding the majority of possession (58%) and pelting Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham with 12 shots.
Diego Rossi was the star of this game scoring four goals in a strident contest that saw the teams combine for seven yellow cards. Rossi became the second player and first for LAFC to score a hat-trick in a meeting between the two teams.
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The first half could not have started worse for LAFC when just five minutes in the Galaxy forced an own goal by Latif Blessing to take an early lead. In a sign of what was to come for the night, LAFC quickly tied the contest on Rossi’s first goal of the night a converted penalty.
The Galaxy’s Pavon added his own penalty conversion and the Galaxy led 2-1 going into halftime, but then LAFC asserted itself and Rossi added a second goal putting a rebound in to tie the score going into the break.
LAFC scored four goals in the second half of the game proving to be the more resilient team. New acquisition Bradley Wright-Phillips scored first giving LAFC the lead they would not relinquish. It was Wright-Phillips’ second goal in his second game with the black and gold. LAFC’s goal bombardment continued, Rossi scored his two remaining goals and Mohammed El-Munir added a screamer from outside of the box.
Postgame LAFC coach Bob Bradley recognized despite the circumstances the rivalry still carried weight:
“The two teams know what’s at stake, the two teams know that all the fans at home are watching. Everybody felt that going into the game.”
The game showed the different direction the two teams are going in, LAFC will likely move forward onto the knockout stage of the tournament while the Galaxy will go home after two losses. LAFC will face the Portland Timbers next for supremacy of Group F.