Diego Rossi scores four points to lead LAFC to LA Galaxy


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – When Carlos Vela, the most useful defending player, announced that he would miss the MLS is Back tournament, many wondered who would take over for the Los Angeles Football Club.Diego Rossi and Bradley Wright-Phillips more than made up for Vela’s absence.

Rossi had his first game of four goals in the tournament and Wright-Phillips scored his second goal in as many games as LAFC defeated rival LA Galaxy 6-2 on Saturday night in a Group F match.

“He’s in excellent shape. He worked really hard during the time we couldn’t train and you could see him when we got back, ”LAFC coach Bob Bradley said of Rossi. “You can see its maturity grow and its finish improve. ”

Rossi is the 13th player in 25 years of MLS history with four or more goals in a game and the first since Chris Wondolowski of San Jose made it on May 18, 2019. Rossi also has the four-goal opener. in three seasons of LAFC. existence.

“Well, the feelings are really good. Obviously I’m happy with my goals, but I’m more happy with the result, with the attitude of the team, ”said Rossi, who has six goals this season, five of them in the tournament. “We have to continue like this.”

Mohamed El-Munir also scored for LAFC, which claimed their first victory in six regular season games against the Galaxy. LAFC claimed its first victory over rivals in the Western Conference semifinals of last season.

The seventh edition of El Trafico took place more than 2,500 miles from Los Angeles and without the mad legions of fans from both teams due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the environment, things were still unstable with eight yellow cards and two penalty kicks awarded.

“It looks like a derby,” Bradley said. “It’s best when it’s with the fans but both teams know what’s at stake and that all the fans are watching. Everyone felt it. ”

LAFC has likely advanced to the knockout stage in the World Cup-style tournament, standing second in Group F with four points and has a plus-four goal differential. He will face Portland on Thursday and can take first place in the group with a win.

The Galaxy, who missed star forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez with a calf injury, were likely knocked out of the lineup after losing their first two games and with a minus-five goal differential.

Galaxy goals came in the first half on an own goal from LAFC’s Latif Blessing and a penalty from Cristian Pavon.

“We played a good half and put pressure. In the second half, I don’t know what happened. We collapsed, ”Pavon said.

The match was tied at two at half time before LAFC put it aside. Wright-Phillips scored the go-ahead in the 56th minute with an explosion from the top of the surface. Wright-Phillips, who scored two goals in the tournament, got half a yard apart and was able to get him past Galaxy defender Giancarlo Gonzalez and goalkeeper David Bingham.

Rossi had a two-goal advantage in the 76th minute on a breakway, and El-Munir added to the deficit with a shot just outside the box five minutes later.

Rossi completed the scoring at the last minute of time out with a wide open net after a cross from Francisco Ginella.

Galaxy took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute after Sebastian Lletget’s cross pass was severed from Blessing’s leg for an own own goal. This is the third goal of the tournament.

The teams then exchanged goals from the penalty spot. Rossi equalized eight minutes later when LAFC received a penalty after Wright-Phillips was held by Galaxy midfielder Perry Kitchen and went down into the box for a corner kick.

The Galaxy regained the lead in the 31st minute when Pavon beat LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega on the left side on a recovery from a penalty kick. Pavon was stopped on his first attempt, but the referee ruled that Sisniega left his line early.

LA received the penalty after Dejan Jakovic of LAFC tackled Joe Corona high.

LAFC managed to equalize the half when Rossi triggered a rebound after Bingham was unable to make the save on Wright-Phillips’ shot.

LAFC, which won the Fan Shield last season for most points in the regular season, is 2-0-2 this season. The Galaxy tied Dallas FC in its first game of the regular season, but has lost three straight.


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