The Los Angeles Football Club goes into the FIFA World Cup break in third place in the Western Conference with a 7-4-3 record (24 points) after defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 4-3 at Avaya Stadium Saturday.
Goals from Steven Beitashour, João Moutinho and two from Adama Diomandé gave LAFC the league-leading fifth Road win this season.
Even though L.A. controlled the ball for more than 60 percent pf the match it wasn’t a pretty win. Coach Bob Bradley had criticism of the team’s passing in particular. After the match he said, “Some nights are just crazy. You want the football to be great all the time, Tonight it sure wasn’t, but it’s still great to see a bunch of guys keep going.”
Bradley was also pleased with his young defender, Joâo Moutinho, “Joâo has had some ups and downs, but he’s a young player that we think highly of. To see him score and get a winner is fantastic.”
Moutinho said, “I think that the team has a very strong mentality. We’re very cohesive and we talk to each other.” He is very confident about LAFC as well. “I think we showed everyone we’re a very good team.”
The coach was lightly critical of veteran striker Adama Diomandé, “Dio scored two goals tonight so he’s still a really good player who knows how to get in spots that count. But in terms of sharpness and balance and how he controls certain balls and goes by people, that was not the best Dio by a long shot.” Bradley went on to say, “If he can score goals on a night like that then there’s still a lot of good things ahead.”
“I need to click more with my teammates and all that stuff and that’s coming of course. I’m a patient guy,” Diomandé said after the match. “A striker’s job is to score goals and bring the team up.”
Diomandé was acquired from Hull City of the Championship in a May 2 transaction so he is still fitting into the team.
Steven Beitashour has been a steady presence on the squad, appearing in all but one match this season. Along with his goal against San Jose he had an assist as well.
Their next match will be Wednesday, June 20 at home against Sacramento Republic F.C.
Top Photo of LAFC’s Starting XI by Benny Tran for LAFC
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