LAFC buried his ghosts, left the curses behind, and finally crowned himself champion of the mls. Since their foray into the league in 2018, the Los Angeles franchise had fought for maximum glory and this Saturday they achieved it after defeating in an agonizing penalty shootout against Philadelphia Union.
In a match worthy of a final, LAFC and Philadelphia left everything on the field to star in one of the best games in the history of the league. Kellyn Acosta (28′) and Jesus Murillo (83′) scored in regular time for the home team, however, in the 90 minutes everything ended with a two-goal draw thanks to the annotations of Daniel Gazdag (59′) and Jack Elliot (85′).
Bale’s show in extra time
With emotions running high and a spectacular atmosphere in the stands, the match went to extra time and as if it were a Hollywood movie, both teams would score again. First, Jack Elliot scored at 120+4′ and silenced everyone at Banc of California Stadium.
LAFC suffered the expulsion of goalkeeper Crépeau, who misses the World Cup, and in his place John McCarthy entered, who ultimately was crowned the hero. When the worst was feared in Los Angeles and without Carlos Vela on the court, In a proverbial way, LAFC re-emerged with a man less and against all odds Gareth Bale equalized the actions with an accurate header inside the area to leave goalkeeper Andre Blake without opportunities.
Already in a penalty shootout, LAFC recovered from the failure of the Spanish Cristian Tello in the first charge. John McCarthy donned the hero suit and saved two penalties against Philadelphia to give LAFC the first MLS Cup in its history.