Los Angeles FC moved into MLS play-off position with a 3-0 defeat of Seattle Sounders on Tuesday.
The victory put LAFC on 44 points and moved them ahead of Vancouver Whitecaps on goal differential for the seventh and final Western Conference play-off spot.
However, Vancouver have a game in hand and ninth-place Real Salt Lake (42 points) have played two fewer games than Los Angeles, so plenty of work remains for head coach Bob Bradley’s side.
Still, they will be pleased with the all-around effort Tuesday as Jamal Blackman turned in a clean sheet and three different players found the net.
Brian Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 21st minute, slipping a shot past Stefan Frei, while Latif Blessing added a critical goal in first-half stoppage time and Cristian Arango sealed the win from long distance in the 51st minute.
Seattle remain atop the Western Conference on 58 points but continue to struggle as the play-offs approach, with three losses and a draw from their last four games.
— LAFC (@LAFC) October 27, 2021