Cristian Pavon opened the scoring with gorgeous, 52nd-minute half-volley, Sebastian Lletget bettered that with a late brace that included an astounding, acrobatic volley and the LA Galaxy pulled away to a 3-0 victory over LAFC on Sunday night at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Pavon also picked up an assist on Lletget's first goal, and Emiliano Insua added his first assist in MLS as the Galaxy won their fourth in a row, a streak that began with their previous 2-0 victory over their El Trafico rivals at Banc of California Stadium on Aug. 22.
A minute after Pavon's goal, LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye was sent off for his crunching tackle in Julian Araujo directly in front of referee Allen Chapman. That changed the complexion of a match which LAFC dominated for the first 45 minutes, outshooting the Galaxy 14-1 before halftime.
Manager Bob Bradley's side have now lost three out of their last four, dropping the defending Supporters' Shield winners to seventh in the current Western Conference table.
- 52' - LA - Cristian Pavon | WATCH
- 73' - LA - Sebastian Lletget | WATCH
- 83' - LA - Sebastian Lletget | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: After missing nearly two months with a calf injury, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is expected to be available the Galaxy's next game, next Saturday at San Jose, but it's fair to have reservations about how best to reintroduce him. Manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto's men have earned 13 points from a possible 18 without Mexico's all-time leading international goal-scorer. With him, they've taken one point out of nine.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: For 82 minutes, we all thought it would be Pavon's opener. Then Lletget did this:
STOP IT SEBASTIAN LLETGET STOP IT 😱 pic.twitter.com/Mzb0b1BOEt— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 7, 2020
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Cristian Pavon. Lletget had the brace, and deserved strong consideration, but Pavon is clearly the engine that drives this club. His six goals and four assists put him firmly in 2020 MVP race.
CR⚡ST⚡AN PAVON pic.twitter.com/xrdvZUcdNu— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 7, 2020