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LAFC win nervy affair in Atlanta to reach milestone

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
LAFC rise to third in the Western Conference afyer their 1-0 win against Atlanta United at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Saturday in a nervy match featuring two red cards.

LAFC secured their 100th win in club history tying a record set by Seattle Sounders in their 1-0 win against Atlanta United on Saturday May 26 at Mercedes Benz Stadium, in front of a disappointed home crowd who have now witnessed their team lose four straight home matches. The Black and Gold meanwhile have won their last 5 matches in all competitions. It’s their second road win of the season helping them improve to 2W-1D-4L. The sole goal of the night was Mateusz Bogusz’s fifth of the season.

“It takes a lot of effort to win games on the road in this league. It takes a some individual very good performances,” head coach Steve Cherundolo explained.

‘It takes a lot of effort, guts, and sometimes a little good fortune. I am very pleased with the effort the guys are putting, the commitment they are showing to win games on the road over the past two games on the road. It was what we were missing in the earlier stages of the season’It takes a lot of effort, guts, and sometimes a little good fortune. I am very pleased with the effort the guys are putting, the commitment they are showing to win games on the road over the past two games on the road. It was what we were missing in the earlier stages of the season,” Cherundolo concluded.

Although Atlanta outshot the visitors 17 to 14, and controlled over 63% of the overall possession, Hugo Lloris made five saves on the night that helped LAFC hold onto their lead through the final 40 minutes of the match. It was his third straight and seventh clean sheet this season. After a 0-0 first half, the difference maker wasn’t an LAFC player, but Atlanta’s captain, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who, despite being a veteran of the game and former USMNT player, made a controversial decision to bring down a quickly advancing Bogusz on the border of the penalty area. Guzan’s clearing header demonstrated his pure prowess, but the outreached leg that followed and tripped Bogusz was declared a clear red after VAR review. Bogusz scored in the resulting free kick as his shot got deflected by substitute goalkeeper Josh Cohen to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute.

“I made the run, the ball was a little bit too long, but I followed to the end and was fouled and ended in a red card [for Guzan],” Bogusz said afterwards.

Atlanta continued to play with 10 on the field, until LAFC’s Eduard Atuesta, who was given a yellow card in the 10th minute, was shown a red in the 81st. LAFC held onto their lead to close out the match with the shutout and improve to third in the Western Conference with the resulting three points.

LAFC next hosts Minnesota United at BMO Stadium for a midweek match this Wednesday, May 29 at 7:45 p.m.

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