It was the Carlos Vela show as he netted 3 goals to give LAFC a 5-0 win. His goals in the 8th, 45th plus 3rd of stoppage time, and the 66th minute was the catalyst in giving the second LA team another victory. The game was also a homecoming for Steven Beitashour, who played for the Quakes from 2010 to 2013 before playing for Vancouver, Toronto where he won a title, and now LA. His goal in the 26th minute gave his team a very unsurmountable lead and assisted on the hat trick Vela strike. Diego Rossi added another goal in the 68th minute. The Quakes are currently winless in 4 games this year.
The Quakes conclude their homestand against another West Coast rival in Portland on Saturday April 6 with a 4:45 start time. LAFC continues their road trip on the same day at DC United with a noon PDT kickoff. The return leg will be Banc of California Stadium on August 23 at 7:30pm.
In a see-saw scoring game that saw two lead changes, Vako scored early in the 11th minute, while Chris Wondolowski notched a brace in the second half to give the Quakes a lead, only to have it blown thanks to two late goals by Adama Diomande and João Moutinho notching a stoppage time game winner. Former Quakes defender Steven Beitshour returned home scoring a first half goal and assisting on the late Diomande tally. Thanks to Wondolowski’s goal he has now scored against every MLS team, including the Quakes–coming off his stint with the Houston Dynamo (4 career goals). He has 138 careet goals, with seven goals behind Landon Donovan’s all time tally of 145.
Facebook series – Quakes v LAFC. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes have a quick turnaround with a mid-week match at home once again, this time against the New England Revolution this Wednesday on June 13. LAFC are now on the World Cup break, but they resume league play on Saturday June 23 at home against Columbus Crew SC. They will continue US Open Cup play on Wednesday June 20 against USL side Sacramento Republic FC.