(East Los Angeles, CA) November 24, 2020 [ From The Editor’s Desk]: For all of our highly devoted LAFC Soccer team fans, and also to those of our followers who are deeply supportive Major League Soccer (MLS) fans, the end of the season for our Black & Gold, came on a crisp Fall night in Seattle, WA., as the Sounders FC outplayed their opponents in nearly all categories of the match, and thus emerged with a second annual consecutive playoff victory over their Western Conference opponents. The LAFC/Black & Gold were definitely the underdog, coming in at the 7th seed, but more overpowering in that determination by the experts, was the fact that they were four “key” players down in their availability of active players, as Diego Rossi, Brian Rodríguez, José Cifuentes, and Diego Palacios, were still in quarantine due to their possible infection of the coronavirus. They were starters for most of this 2020 COVID-19 plagued season.
(Match Summary): It didn’t take long for the scoring to start. At the 18th minute, the Sounders caught the LAFC defense sagging too much around the goal, and then, like a bolt of lightning, Midfielder, Nicolas Lodiero, lit up the scoreboard with the match’s first goal, as he rocketed his shot past goalie, Pablo Sisniega. Not to be denied their opportunity to tie the match, five minutes later, LAFC’s Captain, Carlos Vela, was tripped/fouled by Nouhou Tolo, just inside the box, and was awarded a penalty kick against one of the league’s better goalies, Stefan Frei. A strong left footer, Vela lined up for his try with a poker player’s face, but Frei wasn’t buying it, and as evidenced by his read of Vela’s approach, he remained in perfect anticipation of the direction that the LAFC Captain had chosen to take on his kick, and he was there to catch it waist high. Thus, instead of a tied match, it remained Sounders in front, (1-0). The two teams played it pretty even for the reminder of the period, and at half-time, the score was Sounders FC (1) LAFC (0).
Here is the highlight video: https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2020-11-24-seattle-sounders-fc-vs-los-angeles-football-club/recap
(2nd Half): At the 66th minute marker, Forward, Raul Ruidiaz connected from just above the left-side of the box for his playoff goal after a deflection on a Lodeiro corner-kick, moving the score to (2-0), Sounders. To counter that, and then closing the gap, Eduard Atuesta, scored on a direct goal in front of the goal, after taking a great long-yardage assist by Vela. This now moved the scoreboard to (2-1) Sounders. But, just three minutes later, Seattle’s Jordan Morris, instrumental in many of their offensive plans during this playoff match, was working to perfection, and at the 80th minute slammed in his one-on-one goal for the insurance point, making it (3-1) with barely 10 minutes left to play in regulation time. LAFC attempted a 2-minute drill at the 88th minute, in which they apparently scored their second goal on a great “header” by Mark Anthony Kaye, but it was ruled an “off-sides” after the Video Assistant Referee’s (VAR) review, and was denied. And with that last attempt, it would bring LAFC’s roller-coaster ride of the dreaded COVID-19 season to a close. The Final score was Seattle 3, LAFC 1. And now, the post-season plans by the Management Team will be going into effect. A reminder here for ALL of our passionate fútbol/soccer aficionados, to please stay tuned for more of our coverage of the Semifinals and the Finals of the MLS playoff.
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