WESTER CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL RECAP: LAFC 3-2 LA GALAXY

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) advanced to the Western Conference Final for the second time in Club history thanks to a dramatic 3-2 win over the rival LA Galaxy on Thursday night. Denis Bouanga scored on either side of halftime before MLS MVP finalist Cristian “Chicho” Arango scored the game-winner in the 93rdminute to set off raucous celebrations among the sellout crowd of 22,305 at Banc of California Stadium.

With the win, LAFC will now host the winner of Sunday’s game between Austin FC and FC Dallas on Sunday, October 30 in the Western Conference Final.
NEWS & NOTES:

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER MATCH PREVIEW BETWEEN AUSTIN FC VS REAL SALT LAKE

Real Salt Lake takes on Austin FC today in a match that demands a result from RSL to keep the warming glow of playoff soccer clearly in view. After all, this match does have playoff implications, with LA Galaxy taking on Vancouver Whitecaps on the road the same night — and by the end of it, a bad swing of results could mean RSL’s beneath the playoff line.

What RSL needs to do to win
Score. Goals.
Any number of goals. Even one might be enough. Zero absolutely will not be. I don’t know what else to say here. I feel like it’s exceedingly clear at this point. Simply playing what RSL coach Pablo Mastroeni feels is good enough won’t be enough to make things happen. Feel-good quotes after the fact won’t make a difference. We run a real risk of slip slidin’ our way out of the playoff picture.

MATCH PREVIEW: SPORTING KC HOSTS LA GALAXY ON SATURDAY IN MLS CLASH

Sporting Kansas City (5-14-5, 20 points) will host the LA Galaxy (9-10-3, 30 points) at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park for the team's annual Sporting Salutes match presented by UMB. Tickets are available online at SeatGeek.com and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive Sporting Salutes lapel pins as the club recognizes local Purple Heart recipients in conjunction with National Purple Heart Day on Aug. 7.

In anticipation of high temperatures, all ticket holders will be permitted to bring one bottle of water into Children's Mercy Park on Saturday. The bottle must be sealed and no larger than 20 ounces, and the bottle's cap will be removed at the gate upon entry.

MATCH REPORT: LA GALAXY EARN 4-0 WIN OVER CF MONTREÁL AT HOME

There were fireworks on and off the field at Dignity Health Sports Park as the LA Galaxy earned a 4-0 victory over CF Montreál on Monday night in their largest margin of victory for the 2022 season thus far. Javier "Chicharito" Hernández got the night started off on the right foot early, scoring at a tricky angle off an assist from Efraín Álvarez. Dejan Joveljić kept the good energy going, converting a penalty kick at the end of the first half after VAR determined a Montreál handball.

The Galaxy kept the momentum goingin the second half. Rayan Raveloson scored his first goal of the season after a nice through-ball from Daniel Aguirre found Julián Araujo, who delivered the assist. Raveloson had a brace on the night, as the Galaxy delivered some beautiful combination play leading to a back-heel pass from Sacha Kljestan for his 99th career assist.

LA GALAXY WIN TWO SUCCESSIVE GAMES

Major League Soccer (MLS) giants LA Galaxy have now won their last two games in all competitions after beating Austin FC 4-1 at home. LA Galaxy built on their fantastic derby win over Los Angeles FC (LAFC) in the cup by recording a three-goal victory over Austin FC in an MLS clash played at Dignity Health Sports Park last week Sunday. Western Conference side LA Galaxy won the three points thanks to the big comeback victory over Austin FC.


Mexican striker Javier Hernandez had the chance to give LA Galaxy the lead at home to Austin FC when teammate Kevin Cabral was brought down by Zan Kalmanic, but his right-footed spot kick was saved by Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Struver. Hernandez also known as Chicharito scored with nine first half minutes left on the clock only for it to be ruled out by VAR. LA Galaxy failed to find the back of the net to back up their first half dominance as the two teams settled for a goalless draw.

SPORTING KANSAS RE-SIGNS GOALKEEPER PULSKAMP

MLS outfit Sporting Kansas City has re-signed young goalkeeper John Pulskamp. The transfer was announced by the club on Thursday. The LA Galaxy Academy graduate penned a three-year deal at Sporting Kansas City through to the 2025 MLS season with the option of the 2026 MLS season.


21-year-old Pulskamp has made a total of 37 appearances for Sporting Kansas City and Sporting Kansas City II since joining the club from the LA Galaxy Academy three years. Pulskamp left the LA Galaxy Academy to sign for Sporting Kansas City in April 2019.

MLS MATCH PREVIEW: INTER MIAMI VS ATLANTA

Atlanta United’s US Open Cup third-round encounter with Chattanooga didn’t seem all that significant on the surface but it just might have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the Five Stripes. Atlanta soundly thrashed the NISA club 6-0, scoring 60% of its total tally through seven MLS games.


Sure, Chattanooga isn’t exactly top-notch opposition and it was a mostly rotated XI from Gonzalo Pineda, but throwing the shackles off in the final third even for just ninety minutes can only help a struggling Atlanta attack.
And just maybe, this will spark the Five Stripes into action as it returns to league play with a visit to Inter Miami on Sunday. Miami was the last winless team in the Eastern Conference as of two weeks ago, but since has three victories in a row (perfect timing, eh?), two in MLS (3-2 over New England and 1-0 at a heavily-rotated Seattle) and a narrow win over Miami FC in the Open Cup.

GALAXY HITS LATE WINNER AGAINST NYCFC

LA Galaxy began their new MLS (Major League Soccer) campaign with a win after they recorded a late goal to beat defending champions New York City FC (NYCFC) in front of their home. The target for LA Galaxy before their 2022 MLS opener against New York City FC was to start in a positive and they did just that though they had to leave it late.


It proved to be a determined win for LA Galaxy as the hunger for the win on the part of the players was evident from the start of the game. In the end, LA Galaxy were deserved winners even if the outcome of the game could have gone either way. The LA Galaxy restricted the NYCFC attack to just one shot on goal throughout the game.

COSTA SETS HIS SAIL ON LA GALAXY

La Galaxy is set to continue its tradition of attracting Europe’s big names to the MLS as Juventus star Douglas Costa is set to make the switch to the club. The tricky Brazilian winger has just six months left on his contract with Juventus, and it looks almost certain that he would be joining the American side.

Costa is currently out on loan with Gremio in his home country, but an underwhelming time at the club means he would prefer to move elsewhere. Gremio was relegated this season, and the 31-year-old does not plan on playing in the second-tier of Brazil’s league football. Costa started his career before making a move to Europe with Shakhtar Donestk in a deal worth over €6 million.

LA GALAXY SIGN MLS VETERAN EDWARDS

Major League Soccer (MLS) giants LA Galaxy have announced the signing of Raheem Edwards as they continue to build their squad for the 2022 MLS season. His signing was confirmed by the club on Friday. 26-year-old Edwards has joined LA Galaxy as a free agent and his deal is through to the 2024 season with the option of the 2025 season. Edwards has a Green Card and is a domestic player as a result.

New LA Galaxy signing Edwards won’t have to change location as he's joining the club from city rivals LAFC having been at the MID club for the 2021 MLS season.

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