August 14, 2022 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – Los Angeles FC Press Release

Jesus Murillo, Jose Cifuentes, Carlos Vela and Cristian Arango all scored second-half goals to lead LAFC to a convincing 5-0 win over Charlotte FC on Saturday night in front of a packed crowd at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC has now won six straight MLS games for the first time in club history and remains atop the MLS standings with a 17-4-3 record for 54 points.


After a scoreless first half, Murillo put the home side ahead in the 49th minute, heading in a Diego Palacios cross. Over the next 27 minutes, LAFC would add three more goals to put the game away before adding a fifth in second-half stoppage time for the game’s final count. The 5-0 win is LAFC’s biggest win of the season and their sixth straight win at home since May 28. The Club are now six points clear of Austin FC and Philadelphia in the Supporters Shield standings with 10 regular season matches remaining.

NEWS AND NOTES:

With the win, LAFC is now 17-4-3 on the season for a league-best 54 points. The club are six points ahead of Austin FC and the Philadelphia Union in the Supporters Shield race.

LAFC is now 10-1-2 at home this season for 32 of the club’s best 54 points in MLS.

Tonight’s win extended LAFC’s league game winning streak to six games, setting a new club record.

The win was also LAFC’s sixth consecutive home win, tying a club record originally set during the 2019 season.

LAFC is now 17-0-1 when scoring two or more goals in a game this season and 9-0-0 when scoring three or more goals.

In eight games against the Eastern Conference this season, LAFC is 7-0-1 for 22 of a possible 24 points.

LAFC is now a perfect 17-0-0 when scoring first this season.

With tonight’s five goals, LAFC has now scored in 38 consecutive regular season home games since August 22, 2020. This is the second longest streak in MLS history.

It was the ninth time LAFC had scored five or more goals in a regular season game and the first since scoring six in a 6-0 win over Vancouver on Sept. 23, 2020. The five-goal margin of victory is tied for the second-biggest win in club history.

The five goals scored by LAFC in the second half are the most scored by the club in the second half and equal to the most they have scored in a single half all time. The club scored five times in the first half of the 6-0 win over Vancouver on September 23, 2020.

Jose Cifuentes and Carlos Vela each had a goal and an assist in the game. It was the first time Cifuentes had scored a goal and an assist in the same game in his MLS career, while Vela has now achieved the feat 19 times in the regular season, including twice this season.

Cifuentes now has seven goals this season, setting a new MLS career high while his six assists equal his MLS career high.

Cristian Arango has scored in five of six games in LAFC’s current winning streak, scoring six goals during that span. He has also scored in five of six games in LAFC’s current home winning streak.

After scoring two goals in his first 13 appearances of the season, Arango now has 10 goals in his last 11 games.

Jesus David Murillo scored the winning goal in the 49th minute. It was his second goal of the season and the first game-winning goal of his MLS career.

The own goal scored by Charlotte’s Anton Walkes was the first own goal scored for LAFC this season.

It was the very first game between LAFC and Charlotte FC.

QUOTATION:

Transcripts of the post-match press conference are available here.

The Black & Gold will only have two days of training before returning to action on Tuesday August 16 when they host DC United at Banc of California Stadium. This match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast locally on KCOP13 and Estrella TV. It will also be available on radio on ESPN 710 AM, the ESPN LA app and 980 AM La Mera La Mera as well as in the stadium with the Mixhalo app.

Applications for accreditation for LAFC’s next home game against DC United on Tuesday August 16 at Banc Of California Stadium are now open – click here. The deadline to apply for the match is Monday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. PT. No applications will be accepted after this deadline.

LAFC will host an in-person and virtual media day ahead of their match against DC United FC on Monday, August 15 at approximately 11:45 a.m. PT with Head Coach Steve Cherundolo and select LAFC players.

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