LAFC holds off Sounders, 1-0

Mateusz Bogusz’s goal in the first minute proved to be the difference in LAFC’s 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, giving LAFC sole possession of first place in the West.

LOS ANGELES — A week ago, LAFC (9-5-3) had lost its second straight game, getting shut out by the Houston Dynamo and found itself in the midst of a four game scoreless streak.

Just two games later, LAFC found itself having one of its quickest starts in club history during a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders Wednesday night.

All Mateusz Bogusz needed was 54 seconds to put the ball in the back of the net, which sent the BMO Stadium crowd in a frenzy and proved to be the difference maker in the end. His goal was the second quickest in LAFC history.

“The game opened quick,” Bogusz said. “It gave me confidence.”

LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo knows that the recent results are steps in the right direction, but he believes there’s still potential for the club to reach.

“I think this was a small step forward to where we want to be,” Cherundolo said after the victory. “Not a big step, just a small one and enough to win and get three points.”

Despite falling behind early, Seattle would quickly respond by high pressing which created more scoring chances.

Raul Ruidiaz had a header at point blank range that was saved by LAFC keeper John McCarthy to keep the clean sheet in the 23rd.

José Cifuentes came on for LAFC captain Carlos Vela in the 71st, just a day after starting and assisting a goal during Ecuador’s 3-1 win over Costa Rica in an international friendly. Bogusz’s had a great cross that was headed in by Cifuentes to make the score 2-0, before VAR had something to say about it.

Upon VAR review, the goal was overturned after replays showed the ball bounced off Cifuentes’ hand, leaving the score at 1-0.

Seattle would continue to press and LAFC’s backline would bend, but didn’t break to hold onto three points, a clean sheet and sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.

Next, LAFC will host the Vancouver Whitecaps, Saturday evening at BMO stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.