By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
History has been made!
The Banc is a magical place. And the Los Angeles Football Club proved that when they advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2020 Concacaf Champions League after defeating Club León 3-0 (3-2 aggregate) on Thursday night. LAFC entered the match down 2-0 in the series – goals from Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi lifted the team to a stunning victory.
For the second leg, Bob Bradley only made one change to the roster from last Tuesday’s contest in León, starting Eduard Atuesta in place of Francisco Ginella in the midfield. Additionally, newcomer Kenneth Vermeer made his debut at the Banc in goal.
LAFC dominated from the start, setting the tone of the match with forwards Carlos Vela and Brian Rodriguez creating a pair of chances and great runs in the first five minutes.
The Mexican captain would cut the series lead in half in the 27th minute as he got on the end of a Rossi cross that snuck through the hands of León goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota.
After getting on the scoreboard – the Black-and-Gold continued to press forward, forcing Cota to make one of seven saves as he denied Vela at close range going into halftime.
Shortly after LAFC forward Adrien Perez entered as a substitute for Brian Rodriguez, LAFC found another gear. In the 77th minute, Vela drew them level, 2-2 on aggregate – with another near-post finish, capitalizing on a low, driven cross from Tristan Blackmon.
With a possible penalty shootout looming, Rossi tallied the winner two minutes later with a signature left-footed strike over Cota that ricocheted off the pole into the back of the net.
The Black and Gold will face Cruz Azul in the next round of the tournament, with the club hosting the Liga MX side on March 12 and then traveling to Estadio Azteca for the second leg on March 18.
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