New England Revolution 0, LAFC 2 | 2019 MLS Match Recap
The Black-and-Gold first broke through in the 8th minute via some ingenuity from winger Diego Rossi, who collected a long ball from left back Jordan Harvey. With his second touch, the Uruguayan made it 1-0 via a left-footed chip over goalkeeper Matt Turner into the far-side netting.
Chasing an insurance strike, LAFC found exactly that in the 72nd minute on a beautiful team goal that was capped off by midfielder Latif Blessing. The 2-0 score arose after Harvey squared across goal, and the Ghanaian showed composure before depositing home.
LAFC nearly had a third in the 41st minute, though New England center back Andrew Farrell cleared off the line after helping to block a Carlos Vela shot. The ball ricocheted off Farrell, who made amends to keep the Revs in the match.
New England finished with 10 men after center back Antonio Delamea went down with a hamstring injury. All three substitutes had already been brought on.
- THE BIG PICTURE: The Revs were handed a reality check against LAFC after recording recent wins against the likes of the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Cincinnati, struggling sides near or at the bottom of their respective conferences. With the 11-game unbeaten streak over, this is New England’s first league loss since Bruce Arena was named head coach and sporting director in early May. Meanwhile, LAFC recorded their seventh road win of the season and kept their record-breaking pace going in 2019. That all came as Carlos Vela was held without a goal or an assist.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: LAFC scored two beautiful goals, though the nod goes to Diego Rossi’s chip here. He now has 25 tallies for his MLS career, and this was up there with the best of them.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Latif Blessing’s goal was just reward on an evening when he was seemingly everywhere in midfield for LAFC. He was tireless from start to finish, and it’s quite remarkable to think the 22-year-old primarily played winger before the 2019 season.