LAFC cruised to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on a blistering Saturday afternoon. Walker Zimmerman scored his first two goals of the season, both off corners from Carlos Vela, en route to three important points.
Bob Bradley made a couple of changes to his starting lineup, as his side faced an already eliminated Earthquakes. Adama Diomande started his first match since August 5th when LAFC fell to the New York Red Bulls. Latif Blessing also got the nod and played as a second striker at times, while flying down the wings too.
Vela Guides LAFC Forward, Assists on Zimmerman Goal
It took all of three minutes for Vela to make an impact on this match. A deflected pass in the area spun back towards the captain, who turned and landed his shot on top of the goal.
“Every day I wake up and say I need to work hard to be better, and help my teammates,” Vela told media afterwards.
Again, another opportunity came via the left foot of Vela. The Mexican international got a hold of a ball inside the box. He opened up his body but could not bend his effort beyond the Earthquakes goalkeeper J.T. Marcinkowski.
Vela tried to play Diego Rossi in behind the San Jose defense with a tight diagonal pass. The 21-year-old goalie, though, was quick to come off his line to thwart the danger. Less than a minute later, Rossi attempted a tight shot near the byline, but Marcinkowski covered his post well enough.
LAFC were piling up the pressure, mounting corner kick after corner kick. The dam finally broke on the eighth corner of the first half, which came off a poor pass from the back. Vela whipped in a dangerous cross into the middle of the area. Walker Zimmerman rose up and met the delivery with a thunderous header that beat the SJ shot stopper.
“It is something we’ve been working on all season,” Zimmerman said of the corners towards into the box.
Marco Urena came into the match in the 57th minute and contributed straight away. He won the ball LAFC’s attacking third of the pitch and fed Vela with a well-timed pass. Vela, though, just could not put the finishing touches on the move, as he had his shot smothered by Marcinkowski.
Zimmerman Grabs Second Goal
The 6’ 3” center back, Zimmerman, netted his second goal of the season, and the game, 68 minutes into the contest. Once again, Vela sent a good ball off a set piece. Zimmerman was left unmarked in the box and made no mistake with his header.
“I’m just focused on winning, that’s what I love, that’s what I care about,” the center back said.
There are only five games left in the regular season. LAFC battles with the Chicago Fire next Saturday at Toyota Park. Kick off for this match is set for 12:30 PM.