The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) defeated San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at Avaya Stadium. With the win, LAFC remains atop the MLS standings with a 4-0-1 record (13 points). The 5-0 scoreline is LAFC’s largest win in Club history and it also matched the Quakes’ worst-ever defeat in home soil.
“For us it’s a very good win, I think our preparation this week was important because it’s still a different kind of game where you really have to have some ideas in term of movement, but I think the guys handled it really well and created a lot of chances,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. ” So, on that end, fantastic. Obviously for Carlos [Vela] a special game. I would make mention that Steve Beitashour is from here and every time we come back it’s a really special game for him. Means a lot to the whole group when you see him play well and get a goal.”
Forward Carlos Vela remains in top form this season, tallying his first hat-trick since joining MLS with goals in the 8th, 45’+3rd, and 66th minutes. The Mexican forward also notched his third assist of the season – setting up forward Diego Rossi in the 68th minute. Defender Steven Beitashour registered his first goal since June 9, 2018 – also against San Jose.
“We challenge Carlos to be better all the time and so obviously I took a lot of heat because somewhere along the lines I mentioned Messi and look I’m not stupid; I know Messi is the best player I’ve ever seen in my life, but Carlos needs to be challenged at the top level,” Bradley said. “He gets it and he enjoys the football we play. He has really enjoyed a bigger leadership role and I think all that shows every time he steps on the field.”