Seattle Sounders FC 0, Los Angeles Football Club 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
Consider it a statement in Seattle as LAFC went to Century Link Field and defeated back-to-back MLS Cup finalists Seattle Sounders FC, 1-0, in their MLS debut.
Moments after his cross was headed off the inside of the post by Latif Blessing, Diego Rossi scored the first goal in LAFC history in the 11th minute. Carlos Vela slipped a pass to Rossi and the Uruguayan clinically finished first time from 24 yards out to put the expansion side in front, 1-0.
It was the fastest goal scored by an expansion side, 33 seconds quicker than Fredy Montero’s strike in the Sounders inaugural match, a 3-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on March 19, 2009.
Two minutes later, Nouhou Tolo nearly leveled for Seattle when he lashed a first-time volley on frame, but former Sounders SC goalkeeper Tyler Miller dived to his left to parry away the attempt. Will Bruin thought he headed in the equalizer in the 65th minute, but the goal was called back for offsides. It came just after Handwalla Bwana put a deflected shot off the crossbar.