LAFC earn vital three points with win vs. Atlanta United

After two losses in three matches in all competitions, to the Portland Timbers in the US Open Cup then to rivals LA Galaxy, LAFC got back to winning ways by beating MLS champions Atlanta United at home in a twisty affair 4-3

LAFC got off to the worst possible start as Atlanta United took the lead in the 2nd minute as Mo Adams a redirected header off of a set piece.

LAFC regained supremacy in possession, but they were unable to find the final ball to test Brad Guzan in goal.

The home side had their best chance in the 27th minute as winger Diego Rossi forced Guzan into making an outstretched fingertip save.

LAFC would tie it up in the 33rd minute as midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye put Adama Diomande in on goal and blasted it past Guzan to make it 1-1. That goal puts his tally to seven on the season.

Five minutes later, LAFC would make it 2-1 as Diego Rossi smashed home a loose ball in the box that dribbled past Guzan.

Atlanta felt more misery as Carlos Vela was taken down in the box conceding a penalty to the home side. Vela would then make it 3-1 to LAFC.

LAFC would continue to pile on the goals as Eduard Atuesta smashed it home from point blank range to make it 4-1 to the black and gold.

Atlanta would pull one back in first half stoppage time as Josef Martinez made it 4-2.

The goal scoring would continue.

Five minutes into the second half, ATL would make it 4-3 as defender Jean Segura deflected it into his own net.

LAFC could have made it 5-3 as Diomande slalomed passed two LAFC defenders but his shot was blocked.

The home side gained much needed supremacy and limited ATL in chances created. But defender Jordan Harvey made a key block to keep it 4-3 LAFC in the 70th minute.

The score would stay the same at full-time.

LAFC manager Bob Bradley stated that it was a great game, but was all over the place at points.

“I would say great win, we made it crazy at times…we made mistakes that we weren’t too happy about. But still a very good win.”

For LAFC, this was a statement win. To beat the reigning MLS champs, who are 2nd in the eastern conference after a gut wrenching loss to cross-town rivals LA Galaxy, this win showed that they have the mentality to maintain their position in first place as well as go far in the playoffs.

They will look to get another three points as they head on the road next Saturday to take on the New England Revolution.

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