Carlos Vela struck for an unusual brace, Diego Rossi and Lee Nguyen added goals early in the second half, and LAFC deeply damaged Toronto FC's playoff hopes with a 4-2 victory at BMO Field on Saturday night.
LAFC ensured themselves of finishing the weekend in second place in the Western Conference themselves with the victory, part of a 3-0-1 stretch over their last four. But with Montreal also winning on Saturday night, the Reds now sit nine points back of the playoff places with seven games to play.
Jozy Altidore had a second-half brace for TFC, which outshot LAFC 21-14 and forced Tyler Miller into five saves, including several of high quality. Victor Vazquez cleared a late fitness test to play, but then exited the game after 27 minutes with an apparent aggravation of a leg injury.