Danny Musovski’s brace gave a boost to a shorthanded LAFC side that snapped visiting Western Conference Leaders Seattle Sounders with a 3-1 victory
Entering the match already short-handed without injured 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela and missing MLS leading scorer Diego Rossi and regular starters Brian Rodriguez, Diego Palacios and Jose Cifuentes due to National Team commitments, LAFC suffered two more injuries when Mark-Anthony Kaye and Andy Najar were forced to come off just 13 minutes into the game.
EARLY GOAL GIVES CONFIDENCE
The loss of Kaye and Najar invigorated the home side as they took the lead in the 15th minute on a Musovski header from a free kick by Eduard Atuesta. The Black and Gold continued to press the issue and their persistence paid off in the 65th minute. LAFC doubled the lead on a Francisco Ginella goal.
CLOSE FOR A FEW MINUTES
An exquisite right footed free kick by Sounders FC captain Nicolas Lodeiro in the 77th minute halved the deficit to just one goal. The goal was Lodeiro’s fifth of the season and 31st career in MLS regular season play. Musovski completed his brace and secured the win for LAFC in the 84th with a left footed shot that beat Sounders Goalkeeper Stefan Fri.
- In 2020, Seattle moves to 2-2-0 against LAFC, including the July 27 Knockout Round match in the MLS is Back Tournament. Prior to tonight’s match, the Rave Green defeated LAFC twice at home, on August 30 (3-1) and September 18 (3-0), respectively.
- Sounders FC moves to 3-5-1 all-time against LAFC in all competitions (including postseason play). This evening’s game was the first contest between the two sides at Banc of California Stadium since the 2019 MLS Western Conference Championship (a 3-1 win for Seattle).
- Head Coach Brian Schmetzer made one change to the starting lineup that beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on October 7, with Brad Smith getting the nod at left-back for Nouhou.
- For Smith, the start was his first since being re-acquired by Seattle on September 17. The 2019 MLS Cup champion had previously played in three matches since his return to the Emerald City, all substitute appearances prior to tonight.
- With his stunning free-kick goal in the 77th minute, club captain Nico Loderio bagged his fifth goal of 2020, good for third in team scoring behind Jordan Morris (eight goals) and Raúl Ruidíaz (nine goals). In his MLS career, Lodeiro now has 31 regular-season strikes, and 38 goals overall when considering the MLS Cup Playoffs.
- Of his five goals this season, three of Lodeiro’s strikes have come against LAFC. He previously scored a brace against them on September 18 in a 3-0 win at CenturyLink Field.
- Lodeiro now has three regular-season goals against LAFC, tied with Jordan Morris for the team lead against the Southern California side (three goals apiece against LAFC). Including last season’s playoff victory over LAFC, Loderio has four goals against the Black & Gold.
- Despite the loss, Seattle still has the top goal difference in the league (+18), two goals ahead of Philadelphia.
Sounders FC remains atop the Western Conference with 30 points, narrowly on top of second-place Sporting Kansas City (29 points) and archrival Portland (28 points). LAFC is now fourth in the West with 24 points.