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Ramirez scores twice in 1st start since trade, LAFC wins

Los Angeles FC's Christian Ramirez, right, celebrates after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug...
Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) dribbles past Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman (23) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wed...
Real Salt Lake forward Sebastian Saucedo, top, is fouled by Los Angeles FC midfielder Eduard Atuesta (20) during the first half of an MLS soccer match...
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, center, gives up a goal on a head ball by Los Angeles FC's Christian Ramirez, right, during the first half of ...

Los Angeles FC's Christian Ramirez, right, celebrates after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug...

Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) dribbles past Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman (23) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wed...

Real Salt Lake forward Sebastian Saucedo, top, is fouled by Los Angeles FC midfielder Eduard Atuesta (20) during the first half of an MLS soccer match...

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, center, gives up a goal on a head ball by Los Angeles FC's Christian Ramirez, right, during the first half of ...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christian Ramirez scored his first two goals since joining Los Angeles FC in a trade last week, helping the expansion team beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Wednesday night.

LAFC acquired the high-scoring forward from Minnesota United on Aug. 6. The Garden Grove, California, left as the leading goal-scorer in United's short history. He has nine goals this season.

LAFC (11-7-6) ended a five-game winless stretch, including two straight losses. Salt Lake (10-10-5) has just one win in its last six games, with three draws.

In the 13th minute, Ramirez controlled a cross from Carlos Vela with the outside of his foot and sent it past Nick Rimando. Ramirez had an easy left-footed redirection of Eduard Atuesta's cross in the 30th.

RSL changed goalkeepers at halftime, giving 23-year-old Andrew Putna his first MLS minutes. He finished with four saves.


Updated : 2021-02-26 15:57 GMT+08:00