No Bale, no problem! Winners & losers from LAFC's playoff win over Austin FC as Arango and Vela steal the show yet again
For all of their success on and off the field, MLS Cup has thus far eluded LAFC. They've made splashes, won trophies, created a culture that other clubs could only dream of.
But they haven't yet won the big one.
Well, they're now one step away as several of LAFC's stars stepped up in a big way to lift the club into its first MLS Cup final.
LAFC defeated upstarts Austin FC 3-0 at Banc of California Field on Sunday afternoon, solidifying their spot as one half of the MLS Cup final. That final will be played in their home stadium as the club will get a chance to seal its big moment in Los Angeles.
With Gareth Bale watching from the bench once again due to injury, Chicho Arango helped LAFC move one step closer to that moment on Sunday, scoring the opener in the first half. He was helped by Carlos Vela, who assisted the Colombian's finish before creating an own goal for LAFC's second.
By the time Kwadwo Opoku made it 3-0 in the 81st minute, reality had set in. LAFC took down yet another challenger in impressive fashion, making short work of an Austin FC team that had done their share of humbling throughout this year.
But this was LAFC's day and, next week, we'll find out if it's LAFC's year.