NEW YORK – Los Angeles FC captured Week One of eMLS Tournament Special, which kicked off Sunday.
The team will return during the fifth and final episode on May 17th to face off against the Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4 champions.
As a result of LAFC winning, a donation will be made by MLS WORKS and FOX Sports to Feeding America on behalf of LAFC, with MLS WORKS also contributing to Food Banks Canada in LAFC’s name.
The Week One Tournament featured the Chicago Fire against FC Cincinnati before the digital version of ‘El Tráfico’ between the LA Galaxy and LAFC.
The opening match of the competition showcased two Costa Rican National Team defenders on opposite ends of the digital pitch as Chicago Fire’s Francisco Calvo faced off against FC Cincinnati’s Kendall Waston in the first leg. Waston earned a penalty kick four minutes into the match, but his shot was saved by Fire goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm.
Cincy opened the scoring with Yuya Kubo. Chicago leveled the scoring using teammate C.J Sapong to bang it off the post and into the back of the net heading into the halftime intermission. Cincinnati took control in the second half with a brace from Robert Beric before handing off the second leg with a 3-1 lead.
If anyone could force extratime from down two goals, it is FC Cincinnati’s eMLS competitor, Gordon “Fiddle” Thornsberry. Fiddle is ranked 30th in the world on PS4 in the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Global Series, and that is exactly what he did against Fire eMLS competitor Enrique ‘BITW7’ Espinoza.
Cincinnati midfielder Kekuta Manneh tallied in the 84th minute before Yuya Kubo to force the golden goal third leg with a stoppage-time finish that leveled the aggregate score at 3-3.
The MLS players returned to the digital pitch for the third leg. Beric again scored to send Chicago Fire to the Week One final against the winner of LAFC and LA Galaxy.
The Galaxy’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez faced off against LAFC’s Adama Diomande in the first leg of the second matchup. Diomande scored the loan goal of the match with himself in the 52nd minute. It was all Chicharito in the final 15 minutes, but he could not level the score.
Galaxy’s Giuseppe Guastella and LAFC’s Martin Oregel kicked off the second leg and. Only 10 minutes in, Guastella scored with Cristian Pavon to bring the score to 1-1 on aggregate.
LAFC leveled the second leg score at 1-1, taking the lead back on aggregate, 2-1, using a cross from Diomande and a precisely placed finish by Carlos Vela. Latif Blessing gave LAFC some breathing room on a through ball and a smooth finish. Vela scored as LAFC won on a 4-1 aggregate.
In leg one of the Week One =final, Chicago’s Calvo and LAFC’s Diomande faced that saw Diomande dominate the score sheet. Blessing went down the flank and crossing into the box for an easy finish by Vela and a 1-0 edge for LAFC.
In the 58th minute, the Fire received a penalty kick and had Beric step up to the spot. His shot was saved by LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.
Eduard Atuesta doubled the lead for the LA side in the 63rd minute and the team added back-to-back goals with Diomande in the 75th and 89th minute for a 4-0 win heading into the second leg.
Chicago got one back in the first half of leg two, but LAfc with a Diego Rossi finish before sealing the victory with a finish from none other than the virtual Diomande.