Los Angeles, CA — Once again, LAFC wins in dramatic fashion in the 90+ minute. it was defender #25 Walker Zimmerman who hit a bullet from 25 yards that dipped like a curveball into the back of the net and gave the Black and Gold the defining 2-1 victory. “It did take a little deflection on the way,” said Zimmerman, answering a few of the reporters after the game who were curious to know whether it did or not.
Real Salt Lake (RSL) was first to score on a Damir Kreilach penalty kick goal after Latif Blessing committed a foul in the penalty area in the 35th minute. You could feel the tension at Banc of California Stadium, as RSL was the first to score in last year’s playoff game where they knocked out LAFC in a surprising heart break. But five minutes later (40’), forward Diego Rossi put one in the net to even the score 1-1 just before the half.
In the second half, Bob Bradley debuted Adrien Perez in for Adama Diomande, and defender Niko Hamalainen (who assisted Zimmerman’s goal) in for Jordan Harvey. It was a very physical game from start to finish that eventually led to a red card to RSL player Justin Portillo (84’) after being overly aggressive on a tackle. Then came the stoppage time heroics when Niko passed the ball to Walker Zimmerman and ripped into the back of the net for the defining Hollywood moment to give LAFC the victory.
LAFC is now (3-0-1) with 10 points and is currently in first place in the Western Conference. They face the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday afternoon at Avaya Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 pm PT.