Los Angeles FC disposed of the Galaxy (6-2) with a quadruple of the Uruguayan Diego Rossi in the North American Championship (MLS), Saturday in Orlando (Florida), in an angelino derby deprived of the stars Chicharito Hernandez and Carlos Vela.
This “trafico”, the name given to the LA derby in reference to the very dense road traffic which rages in the Californian megalopolis, should have been the occasion of a distant duel between the Mexicans Vela, best player of last season for the LA FC, and Chicharito, recruited at the start of the season by the Galaxy.
But Vela preferred not to participate in the tournament because of the large number of cases of coronavirus in Florida, staying with his pregnant wife and young son, while Chicharito injured his calf this week and should miss between two and four weeks, according to information reported by ESPN.
This did not prevent an avalanche of goals, which has become a habit in this derby (the last three meetings ended with the scores of 5-3, 3-3 and 3-2). After a half-time tied (2-2), LA FC ended up crushing their opponent with a quadruple from Diego Rossi (13th, 47th, 75th, 93rd), the first ever registered for this franchise created in 2018.
In the other Group F game, Portland Timbers validated their ticket to the round of 16 of the tournament with their 2-1 victory over Houston Dynamo.
The MLS, suspended after two days in mid-March, resumed in a format similar to the World Cup, with group stage and knockout, in a “bubble” at Disney World, Orlando.
Earlier this month, the Dallas and Nashville teams withdrew from this tournament due to the high number of Covid-19 cases among those teams whose players had been tested upon arrival in Orlando.