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Carlos Vela, LAFC blitz Montreal, remain unbeaten at home

LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon (27), celebrates his first career MLS goal with forward Christian Ramirez (21) and midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye (14) during the second half of Friday’s 4-2 victory over the Montreal Impact at Banc of California Stadium. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Montreal Impact defender Victor Cabrera (2) collides with Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) looks for an opening against the Montreal Impact during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC forward Christian Ramirez (21) reacts after scoring a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Montreal Impact defender Jukka Raitala (22) slides in front of Los Angeles FC defender Tristan Blackmon (27) during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC defender Tristan Blackmon (27) fights off Montreal Impact midfielder Michael Azira (32) during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) reacts after scoring a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC forward Latif Blessing (7) scores a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC forward Latif Blessing (7) point to the sky after scoring a goal against the Montreal Impact during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC forward Christian Ramirez (21) headers the ball against a Montreal Impact defender during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC goalkeeper Tyler Miller (1) makes a save against the Montreal Impact during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) brings the ball down the pitch against the Montreal Impact during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday May 24, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)
Los Angeles FC defender Tristan Blackmon celebrates his goal against the Montreal Impact during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Los Angeles, Friday, May 24, 2019. LAFC won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Los Angeles FC defender Tristan Blackmon, third from right, celebrates his goal with teammates during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Montreal Impact in Los Angeles, Friday, May 24, 2019. LAFC won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Los Angeles FC midfielder Andre Horta, center, vies with Montreal Impact defender Daniel Lovitz (3) for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Los Angeles, Friday, May 24, 2019. LAFC won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela, center, drives the ball against Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush (1) during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Los Angeles, Friday, May 24, 2019. LAFC won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Los Angeles FC forward Adama Diomande, center, vies against Montreal Impact midfielders Ken Krolicki, right, and Micheal Azira (32) during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Los Angeles, Friday, May 24, 2019. LAFC won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Football Club remained unbeaten at Banc of California Stadium in 2019, throttling the Montreal Impact 4-2 on Friday.
Enjoying its last league match at home until early July, LAFC (10-1-4, 34 points) opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Christian Ramirez earned his third goal of the season after pressuring Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush into a deflected pass that ended up in the back of the net.
The Black & Gold tacked on two more goals in the opening half, first on Carlos Vela’s league-leading 15th then Latif Blessing’s first of the year.
Young defender Tristan Blackmon, who started in place of an injured Steven Beitashour, added his first career MLS goal with a headed goal off a corner kick from Vela in the 55th minute.
For Vela, a goal and two assists marked another impressive match. The 30-year-old Mexican continued his push toward MLS Most Valuable Player honors, surging to a league-best nine assists alongside his impressive goal-per-game average.
Montreal got on the board thanks to an own-goal off of LAFC center back Eddie Segura in the 70th minute. The visitors added a second when Saphir Taider converted a penalty kick in the 84th minute – the first time LAFC conceded in the final quarter hour of a match this season. LAFC has allowed a league-low 11 goals in 2019.
Featuring midfielder Ignacio Piatti in its starting lineup for the first time since March 16 – giving the Argentine the most starts in club history over Hassoun Camara, as well as the most minutes played – the Impact (6-6-3, 21 points) did not score until the game was essentially over.
When LAFC visited Montreal last year, Piatti needed one half of soccer to secure his only hat-trick since joining the club in 2014. But “Nacho” was bottled up on Friday and exited after playing a scoreless hour against the top defense in Major League Soccer.
More to come on this story.

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