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Player ratings as Arango and Palacios extend the team’s lead in the West

LAFC triumphed 2-0 over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Banc of California Stadium as Chicho Arango and Diego Palacios propelled the Western Conference giants closer to the Supporters’ Shield. 

The visitors kicked off without instrumental figures Aaron Long and Luquinhas, after the two entered the league’s health and safety protocols. 

Despite the modified starting 11, they held off for the first 45, until Chicho Arango proved too much for the Red Bulls. It only took Arango two minutes after coming off the bench to connect with Carlos Vela and find himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Carlos Coronel. 

The player made the run forward, taking a small pause before sending the right-footed shot into the center of the net for the first goal of the match. Arango’s efforts changed the game for LAFC, boosting spirits to inspire the second goal only three minutes later.  

It was Diego Palacios that doubled the score for the home side, working with Brian Rodriguez inside the box before beating Tom Edwards to send the left-footed strike to the bottom right corner.


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