Despite playing their third game in 10 days LAFC continues to roll through extending their club record winning streak to seven games. This time, time, in a 1-0 defeat against DC United.
For the second consecutive game, LAFC won without using Giorgio Chiellini or Gareth Bale, both who were OUT due to load management. A luxury LAFC can afford to use considering the depth they have in their roster.
After scoring 9 goals in their last two games combined, more of the same was expected from LAFC against DC United. Despite the Black and Gold dictating the majority of the game, it took the team 67 minutes to score.
That goal came in the form of Kwadwo Opoku who provided the only goal of the night and the winning margin for LAFC.
“Carlos (Vela) got the ball and Chicho (Arango) gave me a tap-in…So now I have to buy him dinner,” jokes Opoku at the post-game presser.
The game turned for LAFC in the 60th minute when DC United defender Steve Birnbaum collected his second yellow expelling him from the game. Opoku entered two minutes later and scored when Arango found him in the box.
With the man advantage, LAFC’s backline stiffened and gave DC United little chance to score.
The win pushed LAFC’s margin in the Supporters Shield Standings to nine points over Austin FC. With nine games left, there is a realistic chance LAFC can start counting down to collecting a second shield.
“We’re happy with our three points but with our performance we’re not happy…In the final one-third for lack of a better word we were sloppy,” said Steve Cherundolo about the teams short comings in their underwhelming performance.
However, Cherundolo acknowledged the team’s mentality in striving for the win.
“Credit to the staff and roster for staying hungry…That mentality is a pleasure to coach.”
Despite not being at their sharpest, LAFC is proving they are a force to be recking with and ufortunately for DC United, they became their latest victims. There’s no doubt the rest of the league has already taken notice and for many, spells big trouble.
For LAFC it might mean more trophies in the future.