In a thrilling showdown at BMO Stadium, the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) showcased their prowess, securing a coveted spot in the MLS Cup for the second consecutive season.
LAFC’s 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo FC in the Western Conference Final unfolded as a testament to LAFC’s resilience and strategic gameplay.
Ryan Hollingshead proved instrumental in LAFC’s triumph, breaking the deadlock just before halftime. Hollingshead capitalized on a rebound from a Giorgio Chiellini header, notching his third postseason goal and propelling LAFC to a crucial 1-0 lead.
Despite LAFC’s domination on the pitch, with an 18-10 advantage in shots, the score remained unchanged until the 80th minute. A stroke of misfortune for Houston occurred when defender Franco Escobar inadvertently deflected a Diego Palacios cross into his own net. The own goal doubled LAFC’s lead and solidified their path to the MLS Cup.
Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau once again exhibited his shot-stopping prowess, making five crucial saves and securing his third consecutive clean sheet.
Remarkably, Crépeau and the LAFC defense have held opponents scoreless for an astounding 367 minutes, a testament to their defensive prowess dating back to the 40th minute of the club’s 5-2 triumph over Vancouver on October 28th.
With the Western Conference conquered, LAFC now sets its sights on the MLS Cup Final, where they will face off against the Columbus Crew at Lower.com Field in Ohio on Saturday, December 9th.
Eager to clinch their second consecutive MLS Cup title, LAFC enters the final with a formidable defensive record and a well-deserved confidence in their championship-caliber abilities.