LAFC proves too good for Minnesota United

Written by Ignacio Cervantes, Sports Editor

Tyler Miller, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) goalkeeper, earned his fourth shutout this season on Wednesday, May 9 against Minnesota United. The Black and Gold played its first midweek match at Banc of California Stadium, winning 2-0 in convincing fashion.

“Everyone is willing to sacrifice,” The LAFC goalkeeper said postgame, “Goal line clearances, huge tackles in the box and we’ve really put in a collective effort and we’ve taken pride in keeping a shutout. We’re very confident going into every game that we can keep a shutout.”

Miller also mentioned that the defensive line in front of him held the Minnesota Loon’s counter-attacking style to perfection. He credited captain Laurent Ciman, Walker Zimmerman, Steven Beitashour and Jordan Harvey as the reason for the Loon’s minimal threat.

Winger Latif Blessing’s stellar performance opened up space for the rest of LAFC’s offense. Unequalled, attackers Diego Rossi and Mark-Anthony Kaye found space in pockets between the Loon’s defenders and midfielders. The former’s first half chance rang the post to The Banc’s vex but soon after Kaye made them happy.

“Sometimes you just have to be in the right spot and thank God I was and just put the ball on net and see what happens and luckily it went in. We’re very confident playing with each other and you’ve seen the movement, the movement is fluent. It’s still early in the season so I’m excited to see what we can do 20 games from now,” Kaye said.

His goal in minute 37 put the Black and Gold ahead 2-0 as the Supporters Section roared the players on. Eduard Atuesta’s goal six minutes before Kaye’s proved to be the game-winner. Atuesta scored his first LAFC goal in his second Major League Soccer start since joining from Columbian side Independiente Medellin.

The LAFC defensive quartet of Ciman, Zimmerman, Beitsahour and Harvey continue to maintain a superb connection together. The four defenders have only conceded one goal in its first three matches at The Banc.

The brand new, state of the art stadium located in Downtown Los Angeles has hosted a trio of matches and is appearing like a fortress. The attendance and lift from the supporters inside have been first-class and it’s showing on the pitch.

“It was a tough game we were just ready for the battle.” Kaye, the Canadian international, said.

It’s been all sunshine for the newest Angelino sports club in town but up next is an East vs West matchup as they face New York City Football Club (NYCFC). NYCFC sit second in the Eastern Conference and visit The Banc on Sunday May 13 (5:30 p.m. kickoff).