In a result that few could have predicted, MLS Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC lost 2-0 to third-placed Minnesota United at their own home ground.
What made this result even more bizarre was the spread of attacking momentum display throughout the 90 minutes. The hosts and clear favorites, LAFC, were on the attack from the first whistle until the moment right before they conceded their first goal. In a quick counter-attacking move, striker Mason Toye fired a left-footed shot from a tight angle into the LAFC net to give Minnesota an unlikely lead.
Just four minutes later, a foul by LAFC’s Brian Rodriguez saw the referee award a free-kick to the away side. This flaw proved to be fatal, as striker Toye once again found the back of the net, just four minutes after his first goal.
While camping in their opponents half of the field, maintaining a monstrous 73% possession and taking 23 shots, LAFC still failed to find the back of the net against a resolute Minnesota defense.
This was LAFC’s first home loss for the entire league season, while for Minnesota United, this victory sees them move up to a third-place in the Western Conference.
Something was clearly lacking from the LAFC lineup following the absence of club talisman Carlos Vela, as the Mexican international was still recovering from a hamstring injury that was inflicted during his side’s 3-3 draw with local rivals LA Galaxy.