In the most recent thrilling episode of the rivalry known as El Tráfico, Cristian “Chico” Arango scored in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to help the Los Angeles Football Club defeat rival LA Galaxy 3-2 and advance to the Western Conference final of the MLS Cup playoffs.
A corner kick from Kellyn Acosta was aimed at the center of the box. Jonathan Bond stopped a shot from Denis Bouanga, who scored twice, but Arango was there to score off the rebound in the 93rd minute.
In order to proceed to the MLS Cup on November 5th, LAFC, which won the league’s Supporter’s Shield as the best team during the regular season, will host the winner of Austin FC and FC Dallas on October 30.
Bouanga joined from Saint-Etienne of France’s Ligue 2 and has scored three goals in eight appearances.
Dejan Joveljic and Samuel Grandsir both scored goals for the Galaxy.
In the 23rd minute, Bouanga opened the scoring by receiving a feed from Carlos Vela and beating Galaxy midfielder Diego Costa from six yards out with a shot into the far right corner of the goal.
The goal came after a series of 19 passes. To celebrate the goal, the forward rushed toward the corner and performed a front flip.
Through the use of a turnover, the Galaxy managed to tie the score. Grandsir retrieved the rebound and struck a right-footed drive from close to the back of the box into the bottom left corner of the goal after Eddie Segura of LAFC failed to clear the ball out of the box with a header.
Grandsir scored twice this year and three times overall against LAFC in six games.
When he tucked it into the near post in the 80th minute, Bouanga gave LAFC the lead. Bond first tried to halt Kwadwo Opoku, but Bounanga was there to knock it in when Opoku slipped to get the crossing pass.
Five minutes later, Joveljic, who had been substituted in the 84th, hit a rocket past Maxime Crépeau and into the top right corner to tie the score at 2-2 for the Galaxy.
LAFC outshot opponents 14-11 and outshot opponents on goal 5-4. Each of Bond and Crépeau recorded two stops.
Philadelphia Union defeated Cincinnati 1-0.
The top-seeded Philadelphia Union defeated fifth-seeded Cincinnati 1-0 on Thursday night in the Eastern Conference semifinals thanks to a goal from Leon Flach, who hadn’t scored a goal all year.
In the conference finals, Philadelphia (13-0-5)—which is unbeaten at Subaru Park this season—will play the winner of Sunday’s game between New York City FC and Montreal.
In the 59th minute, Flach made a score. Before the goal, Mikael Uhre outran two defenders for a loose ball and sent it to the penalty spot for Flach’s one-touch goal.
Andre Blake, the goalie for Philadelphia, recorded his 16th unblemished game of the year. In the 83rd minute, Blake stopped a breakaway shot from Brandon Vazquez while diving to his right.
Cincinnati was aiming to become the third expansion team in MLS history to advance in its first two postseason rounds after defeating the New York Red Bulls.