Vela, Rossi score as LAFC beats Real Salt Lake 2-1

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LOS ANGELES (AP)Carlos Vela scored in the 79th minute and Los Angeles FC beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday night.

LAFC (6-4-3) has won three games in a row – for the first time since the 2019 season – and four of its last five.

Kim Moon-Hwan lofted an entry from the right wing to the far post where Vela sliced a rising side-netter past goalkeeper David Ochoa to cap the scoring. It was the first career MLS assist for the 25-year-old Moon-Hwan.

The 20-year-old Ochoa matched his career high with eight saves – including a shot from point-blank range by Diego Rossi in the 55th minute and made a diving stop of a penalty kick by Vela in the 60th minute – as LAFC racked up 29 shots.

Rossi scored on a give-and-go with Jose Cifuentes to make it 1-0 in the 10th minute and Aaron Herrera scored his first MLS goal in the 18th for Real Salt Lake (4-4-4).

LAFC’s Jesus David Murillo was shown a yellow card in the 62nd minute, his fifth of the season, resulting in a 1-game suspension that will be served Wednesday against the Portland Timbers.

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