LAFC beat cross-town rivals LA Galaxy in five-goal El Tráfico thriller

Los Angeles FC beat cross-town rivals LA Galaxy 3-2 with a dramatic 93rd-MINUTE winner in El Trafico thriller as Cristian ‘Chicho’ Arango’s strike sends them to Conference Finals

  • A flurry of goals in the final 10 minutes of play ended with LAFC taking the win
  • It’s the first Western Conference Finals berth for Los Angeles FC since 2019
  • LAFC plays the winner of Austin FC and FC Dallas to be played this Sunday night
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In a dramatic final 10 minutes of one of the biggest matches in the history of the Los Angeles Derby – commonly called El Trafico – three goals were scored with the match winner scored by Colombian striker Cristian ‘Chicho’ Arango to move Los Angeles FC on to the Western Conference Finals.

Kellyn Acosta directed a corner kick toward the middle of the box. Denis Bouanga, who scored twice, fired a shot that Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond saved, but Arango was there for the rebound and scored in the 93rd minute.

LAFC, which captured the league’s Supporter’s Shield as the top team during the regular season, will host the winner of Austin FC and FC Dallas on Oct. 30 for the right to advance to MLS Cup on Nov. 5.

Cristian ‘Chicho’ Arango’s 93′ winner sealed a conference finals spot for Los Angeles FC

Bouanga has three goals in eight games since signing from France Ligue 2 club Saint-Etienne.

Samuel Grandsir and Dejan Joveljic scored for the Galaxy.

Bouanga scored the match’s first goal in the 23rd minute when he got the pass from Carlos Vela, outbodied Galaxy midfielder Diego Costa from 6 yards out with a strike into the far right corner of the net.

The goal came at the end of a 19-pass sequence. The forward ran near the corner and did a front flip to celebrate the score.

Denis Bouanga scored his second goal in the 80th to take his team on top by a score of 2-1

Just five minutes later, the Galaxy equalized thanks to forward Dejan Joveljic to make it 2-2

The Galaxy evened it by taking advantage of a turnover. LAFC’s Eddie Segura was unable to clear the ball out of box with a header, before Grandsir grabbed the rebound and fired a right-footed shot from near the back of the box into the bottom left corner of the net.

It was Grandsir’s third goal in six matches against LAFC and second this season.

Bouanga put LAFC ahead in the 80th minute when he tucked it into the near post. Kwadwo Opoku was unable to finish after sliding to get the crossing pass, but Bounanga was there to knock it in after Bond originally tried to stop Opoku.

The Galaxy leveled it at 2-2 five minutes later when Joveljic, who came on as a sub in the 84th minute, fired a rocket past Maxime Crépeau into the top right corner.

LAFC had a 14-11 advantage in shots and 5-4 lead in shots on goal. Bond and Crepeau each made two saves.

Chicho’s goal sent Los Angeles FC to their first Western Conference Finals since 2019

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