Los Angeles FC punched their ticket to the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Final thanks to a thrilling 3-1 comeback semifinal triumph over Club America on Saturday night at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
It is the fourth time that a team from MLS has reached the SCCL Final and the first since 2018 when Toronto FC reached the Final versus Chivas.
It was a back and forth start between the sides, and Club America would be the one to strike first, as a corner kick swung in by Sebastian Cordova was headed into goal by Sebastian Caceres in the 11’ for a 1-0 Club America lead.
LAFC looked to respond, but their comeback task was made a lot tougher for the final 45 minutes when a red card was issued to Eduard Atuesta right before halftime
The MLS side were up for the challenge though, and inside of the first two minutes of the restart, LAFC went from being 0-1 down to ahead 2-1.
The first goal took just 12 seconds, with Carlos Vela intercepting a pass and firing a left-footed shot that Caceres ended up turning into his own net, evening the score at 1-1.
A minute later in the 47’, a long ball played up-field by Eddie Segura found the charging Vela, who hammered in a left-footed shot past Ochoa for a 2-1 LAFC lead.
It was now Club America’s turn to try to mount a comeback, and a free kick struck by Luis Ryes in the 77’ required a big save from LAFC GK Kenneth Vermeer.
Yet a minute later there was a sending off for Club America, with Reyes receiving a red card, making the teams even strength for the final minutes.
Club America committed all numbers forward in hopes of an equalizer, but LAFC would seal their place in the Final with Latif Blessing finishing off a counterattack in the final seconds to complete the 3-1 scoreline.