Los Angeles convincingly beat Orlando 4-1
Los Angeles XI: Tyler Miller, Laurent Ciman, Walker Zimmerman, Jordan Harvey, Steven Beitashour, Aaron Kovar (Diego Rossi), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Carlos Vela), Benny Feilhaber, Adama Diomandé (Marco Ureña), Lee Nguyen, Latif Blessing.
Orlando City XI: Joe Bendik, Amro Tarek, Jonathan Spector (Chris Schuler), Donny Toia, RJ Allen, Sacha Kljestan, Yoshimar Yotún, Oriol Rosell, Dom Dwyer, Josue Colman (Justin Meram), Christopher Mueller (Mohamed El-Monir).
With Los Angeles having Gaber and Orlando having Tarek, the match was set up to be a clash of the Egyptians. While Omar Gaber was unable to play, the match was still a clash between two people affiliated with Egyptian football as Los Angeles are coached by former Egypt national team manager Bob Bradley.
Midway through the first half, Adama Diomande continued his fine run of scoring after being picked out by Kaye in the box before breaking the deadlock with a simple finish. Only a few minutes later, Latif Blessing doubled the lead from close range again as the ball was squared to him in the six yard box leaving him with an open goal.
Orlando knew they needed a goal urgently, and just after half time they came out of the traps flying as experienced USA international Sacha Kljestan carried the ball a long way to the box before curling it past the goalkeeper.
While Orlando appeared to be on the verge of a comeback, Los Angeles put the game beyond doubt as Adama Diomande scored an overhead kick from extremely close range which went off the bar and narrowly crossed the line, making it 9 goals in 7 matches for the Norwegian.
LA’s second flurry of goals was complete moments later as a quick counter led to Diego Rossi being left unmarked in the box and when the ball was passed to him he had a simple task to make it 4-1.
The result means that LAFC are second in the Western Conference, one point behind FC Dallas. Los Angeles’ next game is against Portland Timbers on Sunday July 15th at midnight Egyptian time.
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