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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Laurent Ciman (4')
  • Adama Diomandé (8')

Laurent Ciman, Adama Diomande on target as LAFC shuts out Columbus Crew

Laurent Ciman and Adama Diomande scored in the opening eight minutes and LAFC cruised to 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday.

LAFC has won two straight after four games without a victory. The first-year club is 3-0-3 at home.

Columbus has followed three consecutive ties with a pair of losses.

Ciman scored in the fourth minute in his return to Los Angeles. The Belgian defender was in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as a standby player, but Belgium coach Roberto Martinez released him last weekend.

He ripped a 35-yard free kick that skipped once in front of Crew backup goalkeeper Jon Kempin, who started because Zack Steffen injured his knee in training on Thursday.

Columbus has allowed a set-piece goal in four straight games. Ciman's three goals in 2018 have come on free kicks.

Diomande made it 2-0 four minutes later, moving back from on offside position to take a pass from Lee Nguyen to score in a third straight game. He has four goals for the season.

LAFC won despite forwards Carlos Vela (Mexico) and Marco Ureña (Costa Rica) and defender Omar Gaber (Egypt) being at the World Cup. Vela scored Saturday in a 2-1 win vs. South Korea.

Columbus settled down after the early deficit and found its possession game. In the 69th minute Crew midfielder Federico Higuain's goal off a header was ruled offside.

LAFC's Tyler Miller was otherwise not tested. He made just one save for his fifth shutout of the season and his career. Kempin finished with three saves.

The Crew has scored three goals in compiling a 2-3-3 road record.

On June 30, the Crew hosts Real Salt Lake and LAFC is home to the Philadelphia Union.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34