Ignacio Piatti scored a hat-trick, but LAFC claimed a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.
A pair of goals from Ignacio Piatti looked to have the Impact on course for an easy win, but a stunning free kick from Laurent Ciman in the 23rd minute put LAFC within one.
In the 30th minute, Victor Cabrera was sent off for a last-man tackle on Marco Ureña. A penalty was then called but Ureña failed to take advantage to level the score.
Despite going down to ten men, the Impact maintained the upper hand and eventually doubled their lead just before the break. Piatti completed a first half hat-trick by capping of a near-perfect breakaway with a spectacular half-volley.
In the second half, LAFC sparked into life and got back on the scoresheet through Benny Feilhaber. That goal was quickly followed by the equalizer when a corner kick finished with Jukka Raitala scoring on his own net.
With the Impact on the ropes, a second LAFC penalty was called in the 82nd minute. This time, Carlos Vela made no mistake from the spot to give Los Angeles the lead.
Latif Blessing delivered the killer blow moments later, cleaning up a blunder from goalkeeper Evan Bush to score LAFC’s fifth and final goal of the afternoon.
With the result, LAFC move to second in the Western Conference, and their next game will be the first ever home game at the new Banc of California Stadium.