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LAFC beat RSL on more late-game heroics; first in MLS to 10 points

Walker Zimmerman

Los Angeles FC’s Walker Zimmerman, second from left, raises his arms in celebration after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Their 2019 campaign is only four weeks old, but Los Angele FC are making a name for themselves as MLS’s new cardiac kids — masters of late-game drama — with another stoppage-time winner.

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After knocking off Sporting Kansas City courtesy of Adama Diomande’s 94th-minute goal in Week 1, Bob Bradley’s boys were at it again against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Just as they did against Sporting KC, LAFC fell behind in the first half only to pull level close to halftime and break visiting hearts with 90-plus on the clock. Damir Kreilach converted from the penalty spot in the 35th minute, but the advantage lasted barely five minutes before Diego Rossi equalized in the 40th.

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Then, in the 91st minute, came the stunning winner from Rossi Carlos Vela Diomande Christian Ramirez Lee Nguyen Walker Zimmerman(?!).

Whether or not the strike took a deflection or knuckled and swerved in a way that would make the world’s greatest strikers of the ball proud — even Bradley was noncommittal either way — is largely irrelevant.

With a 3W-1D-0L record through the season’s first month, Bradley and Co., have shown their debut MLS season was no fluke. In fact, they’ve made it abundantly clear that it was actually something of a disappointment and they are intent on reaching far greater heights in 2019.

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