LAFC Get Vital Win While Battling Elements, Houston Dynamo

After a one hour 44 minute weather delay, LAFC dried themselves off and came from behind and won 4-2.

This victory is monumental for the club, as they have tied the highest point total – 56 – from an expansion side. Currently, the record is held by the 1998 Chicago Fire, who were coached by Bob Bradley at that time.

The win also secures LAFC of a top-2 playoff seed.

“Really excited with the way we pushed hard and a lot of temp and intensity,” the coach said. “Carlos (Vela) picked it up a notch. That was so important to us.”

Carlos Vela stole the show for the gold and black at the Banc of California Stadium. He drew the penalty and scored it, and assisted on both Adama Diomande’s goal and Walker Zimmerman’s. Then, with 12 minutes remaining, Vela scored a sensational goal to cap off a performance to remember.

“I started really bad,” Vela told media. “I lost all my balls in the first 30 minutes.

“I don’t know what happened in the two hours. But when I came out I said ‘it’s time to show my level’, and I like to play in the rain so I think it was a good night.”

Following the demolishing of the Colorado Rapids last week, Bob Bradley decided to not make any changes to his lineup.

Houston opens the scoring

The Dynamo broke things open 32 minutes into the contest, capitalizing on a moment of lapse from the LAFC defense. Tyler Miller could not stop the attack fully, leaving a rebound up for grabs. This allowed Mauro Manotas to pounce on the loose ball, sending it past a sprawling Miller.

LAFC did not have an immediate opportunity to gather themselves after the goal because flashes of lightning delayed play. But once play resumed at 9:23 PM, the hosts looked rejuvenated.

LAFC rejuvenated after weather delay

Shortly after the restart, Vela raced into the penalty area and got behind the Houston defense. Tyler Deric raced off his line and dove in late, bringing down the Mexican international. He stepped up to the spot and slotted home nicely to level the match in the 43rd minute.

They continued their aggressive style of play following the halftime intermission. Their intensity paid off in the eight minutes after the break.

Danilo played a sensational ball across the field towards Diego Rossi to switch play. Rossi then fed Vela to the left of the 18-yard box. Vela whipped in a cross that Diomande poked home with ease to take a 2-1 lead, who netted his 12th goal in 16 matches.

The goals kept pouring in for LAFC. Off of a corner kick five minutes later, Zimmerman headed home his fourth goal of the season. All four goals for the center back have come from set piece plays.

“It was an out-swinger and I was able to get a little separation from my defender,” Zimmerman explained.

“Danilo made the run in front of me and I just planned on the ball to go in front of him the whole time.

I started my swing as if the ball was going to miss everyone and thankfully the timing worked out well and was able to get one in.”

Carlos Vela rounded off his night in the 78th minute. Deric could not corral the initial ball towards him. This allowed the veteran to expertly chip the Houston goalkeeper from close range.

Late in the contest, on the counter, the Dynamo were able to cut the lead in half through Andrew Wenger, but would get no closer.

Next match

LAFC’s final regular season home game will kick off at 2:00 PM on October 21st. There, they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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