LAFC took the early lead on a gifted goal and didn't look back, turning on the jets for a 4-2 home win — and a Pride Night celebration — over the Montreal Impact at Banc of California stadium on Friday night.
In the seventh minute, Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush tried to clear a ball out of the back and banged it off a lurking Christian Ramirez, resulting in a bizarre opening goal. It would be the first of three goals in the opening 45, with MLS Golden Boot leader Carlos Vela involved in the next two.
In the 28th minute, Vela took a lovely throughball from Eduard Atuesta, carried toward goal, and slotted past Bush for his 15th goal of the year. Then less than three minutes later, he worked the opening leg of a triangle, finding Diego Rossi on the left post, who reached Latif Blessing in front of goal with the assist; Blessing backheeled the pass in for his first goal of the year.
After several early false alarms after the break — including an apparent Vela goal called offside — Vela connected with Tristan Blackmon on a 55th-minute corner kick; the right back's header in front of a celebratory throng in the 3252 grew the lead to 4-0. The Impact did get one back in the 70th minute, with Maximiliano Urruti's tight-angle shot missing the target but bouncing off Eddie Segura for the own goal.
- 7' – LAFC – Christian Ramirez | WATCH
- 28' – LAFC – Carlos Vela | WATCH
- 31' — LAFC — Latif Blessing | WATCH
- 55' — LAFC — Tristan Blackmon | WATCH
- 70' — MTL — Eddie Segura (OG) | WATCH
- 84' — MTL — Saphir Taider (PK) | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: This wasn't going to be an easy road trip for the Impact to make, and while it wasn't the 7-1 disaster they had at SKC back on March 30, they have to be feeling concerns about an offense that even Ignacio Piatti couldn't get going, and a mostly-solid defense that occasionally lets this kind of match happen. Meanwhile, LAFC has earned results in their past seven matches since their lone loss at Vancouver back in April. The home fans were clearly loving it, leaving TVA reporter Nicolas Martineau to remark on all the fun they were having (at the Impact's expense).
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Ramirez's goal was an indicator that the Impact might be in trouble in this match, and then Vela's goal was a confirmation of that. While the Impact did well to close the margin to two by the match's end, it was in large part because LAFC left several goals on the table.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Vela gets the nod here for getting a goal, an assist, and setting up another assist with one of his three key passes on the night. Could Josef Martinez's seemingly-unbreakable 31-goal mark from last year's Golden Boot performance only last a year?