LAFC Wins First Ever Game in Banc of California Stadium

On a typically PERFECT LA night when the "Football Gods" were looking down, LAFC broke through in the 93rd minute to win 1-0 and jump into second place.

Game Summary

On a typically beautiful LA night, LAFC played it’s first game in Banc of California Stadium, the most expensive and newest soccer specific stadium in the US.

To complete the four-year journey LAFC scored the game winner on a 30-yard kick in the 93rd minute of stoppage time; beating the Seattle Sounders.

First Half

In the first-half, Seattle controlled a majority of the action by attacking the left side and setting up crosses. There were dangerous moments for the home team with opportunities by Midfielders Nicolas Lodeiro and Alex Roldan. But LAFC survived without allowing a goal to be scored in the new stadium.

Second Half

LAFC started much better in the second-half and controlled the action.

Benny Feilhaber had a shot in the 25th minute that went just wide. In the 78th minute, Walker Zimmerman just missed heading a deflection over the bar.

Finally, in stoppage time, 2015 MLS Defender of the Year Laurent Ciman fired a knuckling free kick from 30-yards out that dropped at the last second; finding the back of the net. Clearly with help from Seattle Keeper Stefan Frei who makes the save 99 times out of 100. It was Ciman’s second goal in as many games.

In the post-game press conference, Coach Bob Bradley suggested divine intervention from the “Football Gods”.

The win jumped LAFC into second place of the Western Conference two points behind Sporting KC.

Next Up – May 5th Home Game

Next up is a 1 PM Cinco de Mayo home game against FC Dallas. A Cinco de Mayo match looks to be quite the don’t-miss event considering LAFC’s large Mexican-American fan base.

See you on the Pitch at the World’s Greatest Soccer Stadium !!

Entrance to Banc of California Stadium
Bermuda grass on a sunny LA day
LAFC team shot!
Haydon in the front row!
Navy Seals coming for the pregame
Pregame festivities continue
Carlo Vela, LAFC’s first player
LAFC’s 2nd-half attack picked up with addition of Latif Blessing. Here working towards a cross. 
#9 Uruguayan Diego Rossi, playing keep-away from Seattle players.
LAFC fans going crazy in the North-End after game winning goal.
“Ball Kids” Celebrating the goal!
Team’s Victory Celebrations.

Photography by Richard Harris (📸 @agentrichla)

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