Denis Bouanga and LAFC showcase team’s depth in blowout win over New England
LAFC He has a busy schedule this season where he can play up to 60 games in about 41 weeks. As a result, the depth of the command will be checked.
On Sunday, that depth cleared an early popular quiz and the team cleared it easily, scoring two goals and providing an assist. Denis Buanga lifting him to a 4–0 victory over the New England Revolution at BMO Stadium.
This game was the third for LAFC in eight days, so the coach Steve Cherundolo, whose team will play again on Wednesday, has changed its line-up, leaving four regulars. One of the regulars that did start was Buanga and he quickly gave LAFC the lead with a 14 minute penalty. It was his fourth goal in 57 minutes of playing time in the second half of last week’s CONCACAF Champions League win in Costa Rica.
The goal was scored when linebacker Timothy Tillman, making his first start for the LAFC, fell under a strike from New England’s Gustavo Bow on the edge of the 18-yard box, earning a foul.
Buanga then doubled the lead in the 68th minute, bumping into a through ball from José Cifuentes to beat Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrović for his fifth goal in two games. Tillman and Stipe Bueck then closed the score, with Tillman scoring in the 83rd minute and Bueck putting the finishing touch in stoppage time. The goals were the first in the MLS for both. Buanga assisted Biuk.
The goals were the first the Revolution (2-1) had given up this season, while the shutout was the second in as many games for LAFC goaltender John McCarthy. The victory also made Cerundolo the first MLS coach to beat New England in the Pacific time zone since Galaxy did so in May 2016.
A weary LAFC will have little time to enjoy Sunday’s victory as they return to action in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday. On aggregate in the round of 16 series, he leads Costa Rica’s Alajuelense 3-0 on aggregate.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.