Kwadwo Opoku sends LAFC to CONCACAF Champions League semis with a stunner

Ghanaian teenager Kwadwo ‘Mahala’ Opoku’s first-ever goal for Major League Soccer (MLS) side Los Angeles FC has sent the club to the semifinal of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League.

LAFC, the last MLS team in the competition conceded an early goal in the winner-takes-all quarterfinal when their Mexican opponents Cruz Azul scored from the spot after the 15th minute. But the Black and Gold fought back when Carlos Vela converted a penalty in the 38th minute to tie the game in the first half.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley made a bold decision and introduced the 19-year-old Mahala Opoku into the game in the 58th minute for his fifth career LAFC appearance and the introduction of the sensational Ghanain quickly paid off at the 71st-minute mark as Mahala Jr. connected a hefty left-footed volley into the bottom corner from a corner kick on the edge of the 18-yard box to send the MLS side to the semifinal of the competition.

The young Ghanaian’s performance in the second half earned him a lot of plaudits from the LAFC head coach.

“I am so happy for Mahala. He has earned the respect of the group. He’s got a great personality. He is really well-liked for what he brings every single day. He loves the game and wants to get better every day at training. Everybody inside the locker room was excited for him to get that first goal and get us into the semifinals”, coach Bob Bradley said about the Attram De Visser Soccer Academy product.

The young Ghanaian tweeted on his page that his match-winner “was a moment he will never forget”.
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