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LAFC’s 5-1 rout over Sporting Kansas City: 3 things we learned

Five different goal scorers highlighted the win for LAFC, which leads the league in points so far this season. Carlos Vela notched his 17th goal.

Los Angeles FC returned to their winning ways in stellar fashion on Wednesday night with a 5-1 victory on the road against Sporting Kansas City. Here are three things we learned from that match:

Spreading the love

Each of the five goals scored by LAFC was by a different goal scorer: Christian Ramirez (28′), Diego Rossi (50′), Carlos Vela (63′), Rodolfo Zelaya (89′) and Mohamed El-Munir (90’+1′).

Vela has made a major impact this season, leading MLS with 17 goals scored so far, but it is worth noting that Rossi is quietly sitting at fifth place on the league’s goal scoring list with nine goals so far this season. One key factor in LAFC’s success so far this year is that not only is Vela tearing up the league with his goal scoring run, but his teammates are also making significant contributions to the scoresheet. 

Filling in quite nicely

Goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega has played two matches for LAFC since their starting goalkeeper Tyler Miller has been away on international duty with the United States national team. In this match against Kansas City, Sisniega made a major penalty kick save in the 82nd minute, giving LAFC the momentum they needed to put the game away. At the time of the penalty, the score was 3-0 in favor of LAFC, so a Kansas City goal could have shifted the momentum toward a possible comeback. 

Getting ready for a “ridiculous stretch”

This win was vital for LAFC if they hope to succeed in their upcoming stretch of games. It is their first of four matches within a 10 day period. After this match in Kansas City, LAFC will head home to host the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday July 6, host the Portland Timbers on Wednesday July 10 and then travel to Houston to face the Dynamo on July 12. 

“We have a ridiculous stretch so we’re going to have to continue to find the right group every time,” head coach Bob Bradley said of LAFC’s upcoming schedule. “We’re going to have to certainly count on everybody throughout these next games. But we’ve tried to prepare for that so hopefully we can manage.”

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