MLS Cup: LAFC declares with penalty shootout victory over Union


Gareth Bale sealed the score 3-3 with an impressive header in the eighth minute of extra time, substitute keeper John McCarthy saved Philadelphia’s two shots in the penalty shootout, and Los Angeles FC hit it. beat Union 3-0 on penalties to win. its first MLS Cup championship on Saturday.

After Bale came on as a substitute in extra time and scored the winner for 10-man LAFC, Denis Bouanga, Ryan Hollingshead and Ilie Sanchez scored in the 3-0 shootout, marking the most impressive of the bunch. 27 MLS title fights.

McCarthy, a Philadelphia native and former Union goalkeeper who had exactly one previous MLS game for LAFC this season, was forced to come on in second-time when starter Maxime Crepeau badly injured his leg. for a red card foul against Cory Burke.

Jack Elliott’s second goal put Philadelphia ahead in fourth minute of stoppage time, but Bale came on in the 97th minute and equalized with a treacherous header for the superstar’s third MLS goal. Wales, his first goal in three months.

In the penalty shootout, McCarthy failed to allow a goal in three of Union’s attempts, diving in to make two saves and watching Daniel Gazdag slip and attempt to cross the crossbar. After that, Sanchez fixed the victory in front of the ecstasy of the LAFC home audience.

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