Lassiter Leads Los Dos to USL Championship Final

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Ariel Lassiter lived up to his legendary name by scoring early against Oklahoma City in LA Galaxy’s USL Western Conference Final win on Sunday night, booking Los Dos to the USL Final.

Lassiter’s seventh minute goal, along with Andre Auras’ twenty-third minute score, gave LA all they needed to advance to the USL Championship game against the Rochester Rhinos on Friday night. A sold out crowd of over seven thousand in OKC cheered for their home team, but the offensive fire power was just too much for the first year team to handle.

The first half saw the game rather wide open. Both OKC and LA attempted long balls to slice the defense. It was a sloppy clearance after a free kick that led to the first goal of the game. Lassiter was handed a tapper for his third of the playoffs.

From there it seemed that LA had everything going their way. OKC played on the back foot and paid for it in the twenty-third minute when Auras slotted a perfectly placed free kick from twenty-five yards out.

Head coach Jimmy Nielsen brought out a far more motivated Energy team in the second half as they cut the lead to one off of a Coady Andrews header with twenty-five minutes left in the game. The Energy pushed but LA wouldn’t concede a second goal as Los Dos become the USL Western Conference Champions.

LA will now have to travel cross-country to face a Rochester Rhino team that have yet to play all season. The team will head in with confidence as they have advanced deep into the playoffs in their first two seasons and done so as road warriors, winning three games on the road. To reach their ultimate goal, they’ll need to win one last game further away than any of their others this season in a place where no one has yet to win this season.