LAFC secured their playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday.
Walker Zimmerman, who is on a goal scoring tear, opened the floodgates in the 15th minute. Adama Diomande netted a brace got on the score sheet for the first time since his last brace against Orlando City SC on July 7th.
“We scored three goals, kept a clean sheet away, and clinched the playoffs,” Diomande told the media after the match.
“I’m very happy for the club and my teammates.”
This victory ensures LAFC a spot in the MLS Playoffs. With three matches left to play, they still have a chance of getting the first seed in the Western Conference. As things stand, FC Dallas remain in first on 57 points, while Sporting Kansas City are level on LAFC with 53 each.
If LAFC were to gain four more points this season, they beat tie the record for most points by an expansion team, which was set by Bob Bradley’s 1998 Fire at 56.
“If you want to compete at the end of the year, the first thing you need to do is make the playoffs,” Bradley said afterwards.
The head coach made a slew of changes from his side’s 3-1 loss by the hands of the Chicago Fire. Aaron Kovar and Lee Nguyen replaced Andre Horta and Eduard Atuesta, while Bradley swapped Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi.
LAFC nearly opened the scoring five minutes into the contest. Diomande slid Rossi in behind the Colorado defense. However, the Uruguayan was unable to hit the target, missing inches wide.
Zimmerman Can’t Stop Scoring
Off of a corner kick, Zimmerman sprinted towards the far post. He got enough on the header to beat Tim Howard between his legs.
The 20-year-old Rossi had another go at goal in the 23rd minute. This time, though, Rossi hit his shot straight at the USMNT goalkeeper.
Dio Scores Twice to Seal the Win
With three minutes to go until half time, Diomande made it 2-0 to LAFC. Nguyen played a slicing diagonal ball that split the Rapids back line in half. Diomande finished off the move with a first-time left footed finish.
It did not take long after the restart for Dio to score his second goal of the match. Howard came off his line, but the striker was quicker, scoring with his right foot.
In the 55th minute, Rossi found some space inside the box and got a shot away. Once again, though, his effort was blocked by the 39-year-old shot stopper.
LAFC get right back to work this Friday night at the Banc of California Stadium. They take on the Houston Dynamo, with the kick off set for 7:30 PM.