Midfielders Eduard Atuesta and Mark-Anthony Kaye scored their first MLS goals to lead Los Angeles FC to a 2-0 victory over visiting Minnesota United on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium.
Tyler Miller made two saves while recording his fourth shutout of the season for LAFC (6-2-1), which stretched its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1).
LAFC outshot the United by a whopping 29-7 margin and remained four points behind first-place Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference.
Bobby Shuttleworth had five saves for Minnesota United (4-6-0), which had a two-game winning streak halted.
The Loons had trouble mounting serious offensive threats, a recurring theme for a squad with just 12 goals in 10 games.
Meanwhile, LAFC had a plethora of chances with its goals coming six minutes apart in the first half.
Atuesta scored in the 31st minute when he received a pass from forward Diego Rossi and sent a right-footed shot past Shuttleworth.
Just six minutes later, LAFC added to the advantage as midfielder Latif Blessing sent a header high in the air to Kaye, who blasted a left-footed volley into the net to make it 2-0.
Blessing had a chance to make it a three-goal differential in the 80th minute, but Shuttleworth made the save on his header.
Atuesta, Rossi and midfielder Carlos Vela all took five shots for LAFC, while Blessing took four.
Minnesota’s best chance came in the 43rd minute when forward Miguel Ibarra closed in on goal and Miller came out to cut off the angle. Ibarra eluded Miller to the right and sent a right-footed shot toward the goal, but LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman covered the net and headed the ball out of bounds.
Rossi nearly put LAFC on the board in the sixth minute, but his left-footed shot bounced off the right post.
The contest was the third for LAFC in its recently opened stadium. The team is 2-0-1 at home.
—Field Level Media