LAFC: Rise up to beat Sporting KC 3-1
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) returned to Banc of California Stadium in search of a win after losing another match against their crosstown rival the LA Galaxy.
Standing in their way was Sporting Kansas City who come off losing five of their last seven games, their worst league start since 2011.
The match started as a chippy affair with the teams trading multiple fouls (21) and collecting four combined yellow cards. LAFC struggled keeping possession but did not concede a shot in the first half yet, found themselves trailing.
In the 38th minute a turnover from Cristian “Chicho” Arango led to an opportunity down the LAFC wing a deflected shot off Diego Palacios went into the net putting Sporting KC up 1-0.
Arango redeemed himself in the 44th minute, first he hit the woodwork on a free kick and in the ensuing scramble netted in the tying goal on an assist from Mamadou Fall.
In the second-half the Black and Gold turned the game in their favor with two timely substitutions in the 66th minute. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored a wonder goal off a Palacios volley just four minutes after coming onto the pitch.
Tajouri-Shradi summed up his highlight goal by stating, “I came in, tried to do my best and it worked perfectly…might be goal of the week.”
In the 78th minute Jose Cifuentes who came in alongside Tajouri-Shradi, slalomed through the Sporting KC defense to score on a low shot to put LAFC up 3-1 and provide the winning margin.
“Happy with the victory it was a great response after last weeks loss,” said LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo.
“Unfortunetly we’ve started games slowly, but we’ve finished off strong every game.”
With their depth and resilency on full display on this Easter match, LAFC rose to the occasion. They remain undefeated at home and maintain the top spot in the West.