LAFC extended its winning streak to six on Saturday after beating Charlotte FC 5-0 at Banc of California Stadium.
Goals from Jesus Murillo, Jose Cifuentes, Carlos Vela, Chicho Arango and Antos Walkes propelled the Western Conference team to three points and extended their lead at the top of the table. LAFC continues to lead the race for the Supporters’ Shield, six points ahead of second-place teams Philadelphia Union and Austin FC.
“Six-game winning streak, we have a target on our back. You have to bring it to every game because the teams are coming. I think from our perspective, having that competitive nature, that competitive drive for all of us. We know the little details are important and now we treat every game like a final,” said midfielder Kellyn Acosta.
“We’re getting closer and closer to our goal, raising the fan shield and heading into the playoffs, but it’s got to be game by game, and we all know that.”
It was a superb second half performance for the home side, having finished the first 45 minutes 0-0. Charlotte adopted a defensive strategy to juxtapose LAFC’s intense offense, but they simply couldn’t hold back their opponents’ efforts after a while.
“The end result was great, obviously the first half could have been much sharper but I think the second half we activated it. We were persistent and clinical in front of goal, I think showing our depth and our talent in our squad with five different scorers so for us I think it was a good result, something we can build on and I’m looking forward to Tuesday,” Acosta said.
“I think the teams come out and try to play counter-attack and look for an opportunity in that sense against us, but the second half is much more complicated for them with the players we have, the intensity and the underplays. sailors we have. I think I can compare it to an avalanche. They won’t hold it. We have a solid team and nothing can stop us,” added defender Jesus Murillo, who scored in the 49th minute.
Victory also came without successful reinforcements Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini, with head coach Steve Cherundolo citing ‘load management’ as the cause of their absence. Both rested following LAFC’s upcoming week, facing DC United on Tuesday before traveling to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
With the MLS playoffs fast approaching, Cherundolo leads his team to a record-breaking season and Supporters’ Shield triumph.