In what may be the greatest MLS game ever and easily the most entertaining cup in history, LAFC won their first, beating Philadelphia Union on penalties on Saturday.
The match ended with a score of 2-2 at the end of the regulation and 3-3 at the end of overtime, which led to penalties as the hosts won 3-0, although they fell to 10 players in overtime. The Federation did not convert any of its three penalty-kick attempts with two saves by LAFC goalkeeper John McCarthy. McCarthy is a Philadelphia native who played for the League from 2015 to 2018.
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It’s the first LAFC League crown in its first final appearance.
Philly, thanks to two goals from central defender Jack Elliott, looked set to beat the homeowners and LAFC candidates in overtime at Bank of California. However, things were not over yet, as Gareth Bale came off the bench to equalize for the penalty kicks.
LAFC goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau received a red card in the second half of overtime for denying him a clear goal opportunity, and suffered what appeared to be a serious injury in the process, and the visitors took advantage of being a man with Elliott II. Goal.
Philly was only in a position to take this late lead because he came back twice from behind with a goal to equalize, as he saved Klein Acosta’s goal in the first half with a Daniel Gazdag goal before the hour, and then Jesus Murillo’s goal in the 83rd minute. Minute header Elliott in the 85th minute. After That said, Elliott was there to clean up a loose ball in front of goal in the 124th minute to silence the home team’s fans and win the title seemingly with another goal in MLS final history. But it wasn’t as if LAFC’s Bale was shining with the championships, he tied the match and sent it to a penalty shootout even though his side was a man.
The six goals in the final is the most since the 2003 title game between San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire. Coincidentally, that was the last time the two rankers reached the championship match
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