LAFC: Kenneth Vermeer stars in victory over Houston Dynamo

LAFC, Kenneth Vermeer. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
LAFC, Kenneth Vermeer. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Kenneth Vermeer was one of the top performers for LAFC against the Dynamo

LAFC returned to action on Wednesday night as they hosted Houston Dynamo in search of another three points. One of the top things to watch for entering this fixture was the return of Kenneth Vermeer. The Dutch goalkeeper had not featured for LAFC since August as Pablo Sisnega has been the go-to goalkeeper for Bob Bradley.

Vermeer was called into action in this match in the first half as he was faced with the task of stopping a penalty kick. He was up against Mauro Manotas who is the top choice striker for the Dynamo. Despite not being involved in any of LAFC’s recent matches, Vermeer was able to come up with a massive save to prevent Manotas from converting the spot-kick. This moment would prove to be massive in the outcome of the match as the final score ended up being 2-1 in favor of LAFC.

Here are three other takeaways from the 2-1 victory over the Dynamo.

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Rossi gets back on the scoresheet

Diego Rossi scored his first goal since returning from the October international break. The Uruguayan registered his 13th goal of the season to extend his lead over Gyasi Zardes in the Golden Boot race. Rossi is closing in on claiming the individual award and if he can score in both of LAFC’s remaining regular-season fixtures then he should be able to win it.

Playoffs clinched

At times this season the playoffs have not seemed like a sure bet for LAFC. They lost four of their first five matches after returning from the MLS is Back Tournament and were without the reigning MVP Carlos Vela. Despite the slow start to the resumption of the regular season, this young group of players was able to preserve and clinch a spot in the postseason. For the third consecutive season, LAFC will be involved in the MLS Cup playoffs.

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Another strong performance from Vela

Vela got more minutes against the Dynamo after making his return against the Los Angeles Galaxy. He had a very good performance as a substitute and seems to be trending in the right direction in terms of his overall form. Even if Vela remains a substitute for the remainder of the regular season he can still be an effective player for LAFC. Opposing clubs will not want to face Vela when he enters in the second half. He remains LAFC’s biggest offensive threat.