MLS: Los Angeles FC win first Major League Soccer match

05/03/18 8:00am

LAFC celebrate after beating the Seattle Sounders in their first MLS games (Picture courtesy of USA Today/MLSsoccer)

Los Angeles FC became just the second expansion team in Major League Soccer history to win the first road match they have ever played.

LAFC overcame the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Sunday in the club`s inaugural game, echoing the success of Chicago Fire in 1998.

It was Diego Rossi who clinched the historic winner with a right-footed shot past Stefan Frei just 11 minutes in. The Uruguayan`s effort equalled the record for the earliest goal by an expansion team in their first MLS match.

Los Angeles` other team, LA Galaxy, also gave their fans something to shout about, edging the Portland Timbers 2-1.

After scoring twice in the space of three minutes in the first half, the Galaxy battled to hold on to their lead and Portland`s Sebastian Blanco narrowed the gap with an angled strike through the legs of goalkeeper David Bingham after 66 minutes.

But an equaliser never materialised, giving the Galaxy the victory in their season opener.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps began their 2018 campaign on a winning note, defeating rivals Montreal Impact 2-1.

Kei Kamara enjoyed an impressive debut performance for the Caps, heading home after 63 minutes to put his side 1-0 ahead.

Alphonso Davies scored just seven minutes later, smashing a left-footed shot into the net.

Elsewhere, New York City FC, looking to improve on last year`s second-placed finish in the MLS standings, took a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Maximiliano Moralez scored his sixth goal for the club after 32 minutes, while Jesus Medina doubled the advantage after 53 minutes in his debut for NYC.

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