LAFC Defeats San Jose to Advance to Final 8 of USOC

Well, this is different.

For the first time in almost exactly a month, the Black and Gold were the first to concede a goal. In the seventh minute, the San Jose Earthquakes had a break away which resulted in them taking a 1-0 lead. The last time LAFC conceded first was against FC Dallas on May 19.

In the 20th minute, LAFC had another scare with a header going in for San Jose, but it was ruled offside. The long ball killed LAFC and San Jose had another great chance in the 27th minute, but Pablo Sisniega stepped up and made a big save to keep it from being 2-0.

Diego Rossi brought it back to even in the 35th minute off of a beautiful pass from Lee Nguyen. San Jose finished with more shots and shots on target at the break, but it was 1-1 at half.

The second half scoring started with Adama Diomande getting a goal in the 59th minute. Diomande rewarded Bob Bradley for the start by giving the Black and Gold the lead for the first time. I’m happy to see Bradley make the move to Diomande, let’s hope it stays that way.

Two minutes later, San Jose had a huge chance off of another breakaway, but it was saved by Sisniega who was playing out of his mind. Sisniega made yet another huge save in the 70th to keep it 2-1 in favor of the Black and Gold. Carlos Vela put his mark on the game for the seventh consecutive time in the 84th minute, making the score to 3-1.

The game closed out with the crowd chanting “Sisniega”. What better way to end the game than chanting the name of the unquestionable man of the match? Up next for LAFC is the Portland Timbers on July 10.

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