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Kreilach’s ‘Karate Kid’ goal helps Real Salt Lake spring upset at LAFC

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Damir Kreilach scored two goals and assisted another as Real Salt Lake bounced No. 3 seed Los Angeles FC from the MLS Cup Playoffs in an entertaining 3-2 match at Banc of California Stadium on Friday.

One of Kreilach’s goals was straight out of “The Karate Kid,” a standing volley that called to mind Daniel LaRusso’s crane kick.

Danilo Silva and Christian Ramirez scored for Bob Bradley‘s LAFC, which goes down in its first playoff match.

Jefferson Savarino also netted for RSL, who will meet Sporting KC in the conference semifinals. Seattle and Portland will stage a Cascadia Derby in the other semi.

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The match started late, but the scoring arrived after just 20 minutes.

Former Liverpool academy man Brooks Lennon chased down a loose ball and sent an arrow cross to the penalty spot.

Kreilach settled the ball and had time to lash it home.

The lead lasted about 10 minutes, as LAFC leveled through Silva’s header of a Carlos Vela cross.

It stayed 1-1 into the break, but not much longer.

Lee Nguyen set up Ramirez for his goal in the 54th, with an answering coming from Kreilach within five minutes.

And, well, holy cow, guys and girls:

LAFC blow another “El Trafico” lead, but hold on for a point

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The game in 100 words (or less): Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Los Angeles FC were absolutely cruising against the LA Galaxy on Thursday, but Bob Bradley‘s side completely capitulated late in the second half and blew a multi-goal lead. Yes, it happened again, only this time LAFC managed to hold on for a point at home. Carlos Vela and Lee Nguyen established the expansion side’s 2-0 lead after just 20 minutes, and it held firm until the game’s final 10 minutes. The Galaxy didn’t register their first shot on target until the 67th minute, but Romain Alessandrini and Ola Kamara snatched goals in the 82nd and 86th minutes. It’s a massive result for the Galaxy, who move to within a point of Sporting Kansas City for third place in the Western Conference, and a bitter pill to swallow for LAFC, who could have moved to within a single point of West-leading FC Dallas. Sporting KC hosts FCD on Saturday.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

7′ — Vela heads home from close range — Vela-to-Adam Diomande is the more likelier sequence of play that will frequently lead to a headed goal, but this time it was the other way around as the big Norweigan whipped a ball into the six-yard box for his Mexican superstar teammate to finish with aplomb (WATCH HERE).

20′ — Nguyen beats Bingham with a free kick for 2-0 — Mark-Anthony Kaye suffered what could be a serious ankle or achilles injury upon winning this free kick. Kaye would be a massive loss — and an unexpected one, at that — but Nguyen made the most of a potentially dire situation (WATCH HERE).

82′ — Alessandrini smashes past Miller to make it 2-1 — Nobody really closed him down, and Alessandrini made the most of the space he was afforded. Comeback: on.

83′ — Miller pulls off a spectacular save a minute later — It should have been 2-2, but Tyler Miller probably won Save of the Year with his denial of Kamara just seconds after Alessandrini’s goal.

86′ — Kamara pounces on a tragic mistake for 2-2 — Miller’s save was, ultimately, mostly for naught, as Andre Horta marked his LAFC and MLS debut with the worst back-pass you’re likely to see this season. Kamara pounced, and Sigi Schmid’s side was level despite offering next to nothing all night long.

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Man of the match: Tyler Miller

Goalscorers: Vela (7′), Nguyen (20′), Alessandrini (82′), Kamara (86′)

VIDEO: LAFC have 2-0 HT lead (again) in El Trafico

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Los Angeles FC hold a 2-0 lead over the LA Galaxy in the second-ever El Trafico clash at Banc of California Stadium.

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2-0 was the halftime score back in March for the inaugural clash of LA sides. LAFC went 3-0 up just after the restart, but the Galaxy, spearheaded by a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic (including a 40-yard bomb for his first MLS goal), came back to win 4-3.

Much like the first meeting, which took place at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., the expansion side has been in complete control since the first whistle. Of course, that mattered very little in round 1.

Carlos Vela opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a powerful header following Adama Diomande‘s cross inside the six-yard box, and Lee Nguyen doubled the advantage 13 minutes later, when he uncorked a free kick that eluded the outstretched hands of David Bingham.

Nothing to separate Portland and 10-man LAFC

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There was entertainment value in Los Angeles FC’s potential playoff preview with the Portland Timbers on Sunday in the City of Angels, but all that arrived was a scoreless draw.

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Both Giovani Savarese’s Timbers and Bob Bradley‘s nickname-free expansion club remain in the West’s Top Four. PLAFC remains unbeaten at home during their maiden voyage through Major League Soccer.

Adama Diomande came close for the hosts, who finished with 10-men when Lee Nguyen went studs-up on Sebastian Blanco‘s thigh for a pretty easy red card (though it took some time for Silviu Petrescu to produce the red).

LAFC acquires Lee Nguyen from Revolution

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The New England Revolution have traded veteran midfielder Lee Nguyen to Los Angeles FC in exchange for $700,000 in allocation money.

The Revolution announced the deal Tuesday night.

The 31-year-old Nguyen has spent the past six seasons with the Revolution, emerging as one of MLS’ top attacking midfielders. He has 51 goals and 49 assists in 191 regular-season games for New England, but he hasn’t played for the club this season after making a trade request.

Nguyen fills an urgent need for LAFC, which will be without playmaking forward Marco Urena for several weeks after facial surgery.

LAFC recently signed Andre Horta as their third designated player, but the 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder won’t be allowed to join his new club until July.

LAFC has started 5-2-0 in its inaugural season.