April 1, 2022 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – Los Angeles FC News Release
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) looks to remain unbeaten in 2022 when they visit Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium on Saturday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. PT at . (TV: KCOP 13/ Estrella TV KRCW-62; Radio: 710 AM ESPN/ESPN app and 980 AM La Mera La Mera)
LAFC is 3-0-1 (10 points) this season after defeating Vancouver 3-0 on March 20 at Banc of California Stadium.
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LAFC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau and defender Doneil Henry have qualified to the 2022 World Cup with Canada after defeating Jamaica 4-0 on Sunday evening at BMO Field. It is the first time Canada has qualified in 36 years. Canada is part of group F along with Belgium, Morocco, and Croatia.
Midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the United States National Team have qualified for the 2022 World Cup. USA will form part of Group B along with England, Iran, and the winner of the Euro-play off. (Wales, Ukraine, or Scotland).
José Cifuentes and Diego Palacios have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup with Ecuador. Ecuador is in group A along with the Host nation, Qatar, Senegal, and the Netherlands.
Brian Rodriguez made 11 appearances (eight starts) for Uruguay during the World Cup Qualifiers. Uruguay is in group H along with Portugal, Ghana, and South Korea.
Five LAFC players have been called up to represent their respective national teams in the current 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: USA – Kellyn Acosta; Canada- Maxime Crépeau & Doneil Henry; Ecuador – José Cifuentes & Diego Palacios.
LAFC is now undefeated after four games for the third time in the club’s five-year history. The 10 points are tied for the most in club history at this point in a season, equaling the team’s total from its record-breaking 2019 campaign.
LAFC defender Ryan Hollingshead scored two goals in LAFC’s 3-1 win on March 20. This was the first multi-goal game of Hollingshead’s MLS career and his first goals for LAFC. He now has 20 goals in 197 career games.
Carlos Vela’s first half goal on March 20 gives him four on the season and places him in a four-way tie for the most in MLS this season.
Vela was making his 90th regular season appearance with LAFC. In that time he has 61 goals and 36 assists, each of which are club records.
LAFC midfielder Kellyn Acosta played the 200th regular season game of his MLS career on March 20. He is the 181st player in MLS history to play in 200 games.
Defender Jesus Murillo made his 40th regular season appearance for LAFC on March 20. He has started all 40 of those games with the Black & Gold.
LAFC has allowed just two goals in the first four games of 2022. It is the fewest amount of goals allowed in MLS this year (Chicago Fire – 1), and the least amount of goals LAFC has ever allowed through four matches in their history.
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