Sunday evening at the BMO Stadium... with Denis Bouanga coming off a hat-trick in the Concacaf Champions League and former LAFC player Latif Blessing playing against his former team at his former home stadium, the anticipation was at a high for both teams, given anything can happen at any moment in this Western Conference.
The match began with heavy possession in LAFC’s favor with attempts at goal by Bouanga and Tillman. Minute 12, LAFC’s Tillman was fouled by New England’s attacking mid, Bouanga inside the penalty box. Anticipating the penalty kick, LAFC, Bouanga stepped up to take the penalty kick and secured a 1-0 lead for LAFC. Throughout the rest of the first half, LAFC maintained possession and attacking opportunities on New England’s half. This gave New England little to no opportunity to test LAFC goalkeeper, McCarthy. LAFC, Diego Palacios created several opportunities for his players on top but no goals resulted from these balls from him.
Going into the 2nd half, in the 62nd minute, substitutes from LAFC, Carlos Vela, Jose Cifuentes, and Ryan Hollingshead went into the match with the score still at 1-0.. Less than 5 minutes from coming off the bench, LAFC, Cifuentes sent a ball up to Bouanga who was with the last defender and managed to take a touch and finish, going in between New England’s goalkeeper, Petrović’s legs. Resulting in another goal, at a score of 2-0.
Petrovic managed to make plenty of saves in the dangerous situations he was put in, but it was not enough. One of his defender’s played a ball to former LAFC player, Latif Blessing who did not even get the opportunity to react to LAFC’s Tillman who snuck in and had an easy takeaway, and managed a left footed finish, that gave LAFC a 3-0 lead over New England.. Moments before the final whistle, Bouanga sent a ball across to Stipe Biu who had a one touch finish and managed to get across the goal line. Finalizing the score at 4-0 LAFC. With the season early into the Western Conference, LAFC has managed to have an effective attack and threatening opportunities at goal, anticipating that this remains the rest of the season will look exceptionally well for the Los Angeles team.