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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles FC beat FC Dallas 3-1 on Wednesday on a day that welcomed Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, one of Welshman’s new signings, Gareth Bale.
His new fans paid tribute to Chiellini, the former Juventus and Italy captain, as he stepped onto the pitch at Bank of California Stadium before kick-off.
The 37-year-old Italian centre-back and Gareth Bale will both have their first chance in LAFC’s derby debut against the Galaxy on July 8.
With Chiellini enjoying the victory in the stands, LAFC took the lead in the 23rd minute in a fine feat for Ecuadorean Jose Cifuentes.
The midfielder led a counterattack in midfield and provided a superb assist to the arrival of American Danny Mosowski to the left, sealing it with his left-footed notch.
FC Dallas responded in the 38th minute with a superb free kick from young Jesus Ferreira.
The Colombian-American striker, top scorer of the season with 10 goals in 17 games, surprised Canadian goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, who was expecting a cross pass inside the area and was met with a direct free kick in the upper corner.
Colombian Christian Arango put the local team in front again in the 57th minute, taking advantage of a crucial pass from Mexican Carlos Vela, and Ghanaian Kwadwo Opoko scored the final 3-1 in the 86th minute.
With this win, LAFC remains top of the Western Group with 36 points in 17 games, while FC Dallas is fourth with 26 units.
Double for Bibelo Rinoso
Also in Los Angeles, Mexican Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez Galaxy lost 3-2 to Minnesota United in front of their fans, with two goals from Argentines Emmanuel “Peppelo” Reynoso and Franco Fragabani.
Renoso, the talented former Boca Juniors playmaker, fired a missile at the team from outside the penalty area to put United ahead in the ninth minute.
In the 25th minute, Galaxy was hit by a single player when French striker Kevin Cabral received a direct red card for kicking the opponent’s goalkeeper in the head in a match for the ball.
Fragapani, in the 36th minute, and Renoso again, in the 43rd minute, put Minnesota 3-0 ahead at the end of the first half.
Galaxy beat two goals from Marc Delgado, from a penalty kick in the 60th minute, and Serbian Dejan Jovelic, in the 90 + 3 minute, but he could not complete this feat in an almost final as the Brazilian Douglas Costa was sent off due to an elbow injury. For a competitor, Honduran Joseph Rosales.
Brazilian and Colombian goals
In another match on Wednesday, young striker Brenner scored his first Major League Soccer hat-trick in FC Cincinnati’s chaotic 4-4 draw against New York City, in which there were seven distinct Brazilian goals.
Argentine Luciano Acosta advanced to FC Cincinnati in the 15th minute and Brenner made it 2-0 in the 26th minute.
Brenner scored another goal with Brenner scissors 3-0 in the 30th minute, while Argentine playmaker Maxi Morales missed a penalty kick for New York City in the 33rd minute.
The New York team starred in a surprising reaction with almost three consecutive goals in the injury time of the first half, the Brazilians Thales Magno (45) and Heber (45 + 2 and 45 + 7) worked.
Another Brazilian, Gabriel Pereira, put the visitors ahead in the 52nd minute but Brenner, who ruled out two more goals, made it 4-4 with a left-footed shot from outside the box in the 70th minute.
In the final game of the day, Colombian Santiago Moreno scored twice in the Portland Timbers’ 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo, which was shook by another coffee striker, Darwin Quintero.
– MLS results:
FC Cincinnati – New York City 4-4
Toronto FC – Columbus Crew 1-2
Chicago Fire – Philadelphia Union 1-0
Seattle Sounders – Montreal 1-2
Los Angeles Galaxy – Minnesota United 2-3
Dallas Dallas – Los Angeles 3-1
Portland Timbers – Houston Dynamo 2-1
Charlotte – Austin
New York Red Bulls – Atlanta United
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