LAFC keeps streaking, rides second-half surge to win over Charlotte FC

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LAFC's Carlos Vela plays against Nashville SC on July 17, 2022, in Nashville.
Carlos Vela, pictured July 17, scored for LAFC on Saturday night in its 5-0 home win over Charlotte FC. All of LAFC's goals came in the second half. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

MLS-leading LAFC continued its hot season with a 5-0 victory over Charlotte FC at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday night.

The teams played to a scoreless deadlock in the first half before Jesús Murillo converted on a header from the left side in the 49th minute.

Ten minutes later, José Cifuentes, on a right-footed shot, scored to make it 2-0.

Carlos Vela scored his ninth goal of the season in the 73rd minute off a through ball from Cifuentes. Cristian Arango scored his team-leading 13th goal three minutes later with a right-footed shot. LAFC’s scoring ended with an own goal from Anton Walkes of Charlotte in injury time. The victory was LAFC's sixth in a row in MLS play.

Charlotte goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina was credited with four saves. Maxime Crepeau made two saves to earn a clean sheet for LAFC.

LAFC improved to 17-4-3 (54 points), while Charlotte fell to 9-14-2 (29 points).

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.