LAFC flex Supporters’ Shield credentials with comeback win over Seattle Sounders

After falling behind 1-0 just 14 minutes after kickoff through an own goal off Jesus David Murillo, the Black & Gold responded emphatically from the early deficit, putting both the equalizer and the go-ahead goal past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei through strikes from Kwadwo Opoku and Carlos Vela before the break.

In the second half, LAFC, which opened up a six-point lead in the Supporters’ Shield race over the Philadelphia Union in the first match of Week 23, put on a clinic in seeing out a match, ultimately holding the Sounders without a shot on target for the entire 90 minutes.

“I think our first-half performance, after the first 12-15 minutes, was excellent,” LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo said postgame. “It was fast, it was dangerous, and it was fruitful, scoring two goals. So, I think also with our defensive effort in the second half, not really conceding much, if anything at all – you deserve to win games. And that’s how we’ve continued to win games this season.

“It was a team effort tonight,” he added. “Our group stood up to the challenge and mastered the challenge and I was very pleased with the character of our team again. We win games when everybody contributes and that was again the case tonight.”

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