LAFC scored twice and escaped New England, who had not lost in the Bruce Arena MLS era, with all three points, winning 2-0.
The gap between first and second in the Western Conference standings is immense at the moment for the Bob Bradley coached side. LAFC currently holds a 14 point advantage ahead of the San Jose Earthquakes and the Seattle Sounders.
There was only one change to the starting lineup against the New England Revolution on Saturday. Tyler Miller replaced Pablo Sisniega as the starting goalkeeper.
LAFC opens the scoring early
Diego Rossi scored just eight minutes into the match. He found a bit of room inside the penalty area and chipped Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner, finding the bottom right corner.
With five minutes to go before halftime, club captain Carlos Vela nearly scored his team’s second goal of the match. However, Turner was able to produce the save this time around.
New England’s Teal Bunbury could have leveled things minutes after the restart. He raced down the left and had Gustavo Bou running alongside him. Eddie Segura, though, looked to have cut off that pass which forced Bunbury to shoot straight at Miller.
In the 53rd minute, Vela was stopped by the Revolution’s Turner once again from close range, who made a total of five saves throughout the match.
Latif Blessing and Steven Beitashour connected in the final third with the former lifting a pass over the top of the New England defense. Beitashour, however, was closed down quickly and fired his attempt over the crossbar.
Blessing scores second goal
LAFC’s second goal finally came in the 72nd minute through the energetic Blessing. Jordan Harvey played a first-time left-footed cross through the middle of the box. Blessing evaded a Revolution defender before passing it behind Turner to double the advantage for good.
Vela had three more opportunities to get on the score sheet in the closing minutes of the match. Unfortunately, he hit the side netting on his first attempt and had two more attempts saved by Turner, who had his number all night long.
LAFC returns to the Banc of California next Sunday where they will take on the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff for that match is slated for 7:00 PM.