The 11th edition of the Traffic Classic, the first meeting between Los Angeles clubs this season, resulted in a 2-1 victory for The Galaxy over LAFC. The victory had a Mexican flavor; Javier Hernández scored the first goal for the locals, just at minute 11, and in the second half he served the assistance for his partner Jonathan dos Santos to score the score that led to the game.
Mexican Javier Hernández opened the scoring for his team and recorded his first goal in the history of Clásico del Traffic, at minute 11. After beating fellow Mexican Pablo Sisniega in the frame, he reached six goals so far this season.
Derrick Williams was swept by a ball that ran right in the direction of Chicharito, who took advantage of the inertia of the ball’s trip to finish with precision with his right leg and make it 1-0. The whistler let the actions run, without realizing that, apparently, Hernández was in an advanced position at the time of receiving the service from his partner.
With the advantage on the board, by the minimum, the team of coach Greg Vanney established the conditions of the game and complicated the attack of the aurinegros who were not comfortable on the pitch and had a bad time to go to the front to look for spaces without Carlos Vela, his star attacker.
The game at Dignity Health Sports Park went into halftime with the home team ahead.
Coach Bob Bradley made adjustments to his scheme to tackle the second half of the game and it paid off. The LAFC complicated its rival, especially in the midfield, pressed and went forward to look for the rival goal; He had opportunities but not forcefulness to define, until the 62nd minute, when Diego Rossi received a center in the area that he finished off with his left foot for 1-1.
It seemed that at any moment the LAFC scored the goal of advantage, but, at 79 ‘, Greg Vanney’s team took the lead again. In a defensive error by Mark-Anthony Kaye, Javier Hernández seized the ball and sent it to the center of the area, where Jonathan dos Santos received, who made a powerful shot from the right for the 2-1.
After receiving the second goal against, the LAFC again blurred on the court and did not have time to seek the reaction against their city rival.