2 amazing free-kick goals, a beautiful Diego Rossi curler, and a last gasp save made for an instant MLS classic between Los Angeles FC and Philadelphia Union

Getty/Shaun ClarkJakob Glesnes, Carlos Vela, and Sergio Santos.
  • Los Angeles FC and the Philadelphia Union played a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Banc of California Stadium on Sunday.
  • Union forward Sergio Santos scored a stunner in the 29th minute before Carlos Vela levelled with a wonderful free-kick shortly after.
  • The goal of the night came from Jakob Glesnes – a 35-yard free-kick in the 48th minute.
  • However, that goal was cancelled out less than a minute later by Diego Rossi, who curled home beautifully for his first goal of the season.
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Los Angeles FC came from behind three times to earn a draw against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday in what was one of the most memorable games in recent MLS history.

Bob Bradley’s side, who are hot favourites to win the MLS Cup this season, first conceded in the 29th minute when Union forward Sergio Santos curled home from the edge of the area.


But last season’s MLS MVP Carlos Vela levelled with a wonderful free-kick 9 minutes later.


Union defender Jakob Glesnes matched Vela’s effort with a thumping free-kick of his own just after halftime.


Just one minute after, however, Diego Rossi curled in a beauty to level for LA again.

The Union retook the lead in the 69th minute through 19-year-old Brenden Aaronson, who smartly controlled Santos’ pass into the box before swivelling and striking the ball under Kenneth Vermeer.

The final goal of the night then arrived in the 71st minute, when Union keeper Andre Blake’s failed clearance from a corner fell into the path of Eddie Segura, whose deflected effort sneaked into the bottom corner.

Blake redeemed himself when he produced a marvellous save deep into added time. Brian Rodriguez found himself one-on-one with the Jamaican in the 95th minute for a glorious opportunity to complete the turnaround for LA.

“Today is a good example of how strong the team is,” LA midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye told the club’s website after the match. “Obviously we would rather not have to do that.”

He added: “The first two goals were very good goals, but the third was just sloppy defending on our part. But to fight back [and] get a point is important.”

LA next plays in the MLS against the Portland Timbers on March 23, while Philadelphia take on the San Jose Earthquakes on March 14.

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