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LAFC’s 0-1 Loss to Nashville SC, didn’t Spoil the Ending

A 1-0 loss by the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) could not damper the mood as they would officially cross off one accomplishment off their bucket list as they would officially lift the Supporters’ Shield in a celebration post-match.

LAFC clinching the trophy early meant that their regular season finale against Nashville SC was a mere formality. The most important aspect for the team was to remain healthy ahead of the MLS playoffs.

Meanwhile, Nashville needed a win in order to secure better seeding and a chance to host at least one game in the MLS playoffs.

Had it not been for goalkeeper Joe Willis, it’s likely LAFC would have scored a trove of goals, but Willis was outstanding stopping 14 shots from going in.

The Black and Gold’s lack of scoring in the box was a bit egregious, Cristian Arango and team captain Carlos Vela missed from close chances early in the first half and it would soon turn into a running theme all game.

LAFC had plenty of opportunities but never could beat Willis, however, it was Arango who had the best chance to open the scoring in the first half after he was awarded with a penalty kick after being brought down in the box at the 45 minute mark.

Arango decided to hesitate on his walk up, Willis went the wrong way but Arango’s shot went in the middle which was centered enough for Willis to deflect the shot from goal.

Later, Nashville capitalized on their good fortune in the 53rd minute when a corner kick eluded the LAFC defenders and the first to the ball was forward Teal Bunbury who then headed the ball in the net for a 1-0 lead.

Willis continued to frustrate LAFC and turned away every chance they had. He turned away seven shots in the second half just as he had in the first earning him man of the match.

Despite the loss, LAFC was still able to celebrate their season-long journey as winners of the Supporters Shield. Representatives of the “The 3252” supporters club presented the shield to captain Vela who raised it to loud applause from the fans in the stadium.

After the match coach Steve Cherundolo gave his thoughts on LAFC’s accomplishment stating, “A great way to end the season with a trophy that was one of our goals when the season started.”

When Cherundolo was asked about the teams mentality as they now prepred for the playoffs he had said, “We’ve approached every game in the same fashion and will again for the playoffs.”

LAFC now must wait to see who they will host on October 20th to open their quest for MLS Cup Champions.

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