They did it. Barely five years after the franchise was founded, Los Angeles FC won the MLS. The teammates of Denis Bouanga and Gareth Bale won against the Philadelphia Union after a crazy match.
In a match removed, everything was decided in the last moments. The two teams went blow for blow, Gazdag (59th) responding to Acosta’s opener for the Californians (27th). Los Angeles then regained the advantage and thought of winning thanks to Murillo (83rd), but Elliott responded in stride (85th).
2-2 at the end of regulation time. In extra time, everything suggested that we were headed for a penalty shootout. But the red card of Crépeau, the Los Angeles goalkeeper, restarted everything by offering 9 minutes of added time. Philadelphia thought for a moment to grab the trophy, while Elliott gave them the advantage (124th).
But that was without counting on Gareth Bale. Came into play in the 97th, the former Merengue rose higher than everyone else to snatch the penalty shootout (128th). And in this little game, the hero was named John McCarty. The substitute goalkeeper, entered to replace Crépeau, expelled, released two parades to offer the title to his people. He was even voted MVP of the final.