LAFC came away with all three points during their 2-0 victory over Minnesota United Wednesday night. Find out how the starting XI did with the first report card from LA Sports Access.
LAFC Report Card
Tyler Miller: B
Miller had a solid game, stopping all four shots that came his way. However, MNUFC didn’t really trouble either him or the back line (aside from Quintero’s early blast off the post). But, nonetheless, a clean sheet is always a good thing. And the LAFC goalkeeper – as well as Bob Bradley – will certainly take that
Steven Beitashour: C+
Beitashour was fairly invisible most of the evening defending the right side of the pitch.
Laurent Ciman: B
The big Belgian was not as busy as his counterpart, but nonetheless, Ciman put in a decent shift. Ciman booted the ball long 12 times and completed five long balls over the top. The veteran defender organized his defenders well throughout the full 90 minutes.
Walker Zimmerman: B+
One of the reasons Miller did not have much to do, was because of Zimmerman. The 6′ 3″ central defender was solid. He made sure that Miller had an easy night, and was a key part in that shutout, making five tackles, intercepting five passes, and completing four clearances.
Jordan Harvey: C
The left back only played 64 minutes against Minnesota. With regards to long balls, Harvey attempted two and completed neither of them. Also, he only completed 31 passes, and was accurate 87% of the time.
Benny Feilhaber: B+
Feilhaber was efficient while on the ball. He completed a whopping 92% of his passes, and was 7/8 of his balls over the top of the defense. That’s what you need out of your veteran midfielder.
Eduard Atuesta: A-
The 20-year-old Colombian midfielder is slowly coming into his own in the black & gold. Atuesta put in a solid performance in the middle of the pitch, and even came away with the opening goal. He completed 86% of his passes, had two interceptions, and completed two tackles. That’s a well-rounded night.
Carlos Vela: A
While the Mexican international did not feature in the goals or assists, Vela was ever present in the attack. He was the one that caused issues for the Minnesota defense. He created space and opportunities for his teammates to exploit. His performance was everything that LAFC needed.
Mark-Anthony Kaye: B
The MLS rookie notched his first ever goal today. Kaye was in the right spot at the right time. Blessing’s flicked header landed at his feet in space, at the top of the six-yard-box. There was no mistake with the finish either, slotting it coolly into the back of the net.
Latif Blessing: B
Standing tall at 5′ 5″, Blessing won a header inside the 18-yard-box that gave Kaye his first ever MLS goal. That’s quite a feat when you’re going up against a big central defender.
Diego Rossi: B-
Aside from hitting the woodwork, Rossi was pretty well contained in the final third of the pitch. The stats make that pretty clear. Rossi was dispossessed twice and had three wayward touches. The 20-year-old is going to have to clean that up if he wants to make an impact deep into the MLS season.