Christian Ramirez scored his first two goals since joining Los Angeles FC in a trade last week, helping the expansion team beat visiting 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.
In the other MLS game on Wednesday night, Wayne Rooney scored two goals and D.C. United beat the Portland Timbers 4-1 to move out of last place in the Eastern Conference.
D.C. (6-9-6) won its third consecutive home game. Portland (10-5-7) has lost two straight after going unbeaten in its previous 15 matches.
Utah State head soccer coach Heather Cairns has announced the addition of two new coaching positions to her staff, naming Ed Heberling as a volunteer assistant and Jenny De Boer as an undergraduate assistant.
Heberling comes to USU from the University of South Carolina Beaufort where he was the head women’s soccer coach, starting the program in 2011. While there, he guided the Sand Sharks to the Sun Conference Tournament four times in the program’s first six seasons and coached eight all-Sun Conference players.
Prior to his time at USCB, Heberling made coaching stops at Tri-County Technical College, Iowa Wesleyan College and Mount Pleasant Community High School.
“We are excited to add a coach with the depth of Ed’s experience to our staff,” Cairns said. “He has been working with us through the preseason and has been a valuable addition, being able to mentor the players individually, while adding a fresh set of eyes to our coaching staff.”
Heberling graduated from Iowa Wesleyan, where he was an all-conference goalkeeper and forward for the Tigers. His wife, Laura, is an assistant coach with the Aggie softball program, and the two have a son, Hollis.
“I am excited to join the Aggie program this season and would like to thank coach Cairns for the opportunity to join her staff,” Heberling said. “I look forward to working alongside the staff and players as we strive towards competing at a championship level in the upcoming season.”
De Boer is making the switch to the coaching side after spending three seasons on the Utah State roster. She played in eight games as a freshman, but later suffered an injury that would prove to be career-ending. De Boer will assist the staff with day-to-day tasks, while offering a coaching perspective from the student side.
“Jenny is a true-blooded Aggie,” Cairns said. “Her playing career was cut short due to injury, but we are lucky that she has transitioned into a coaching role with us and that we can keep benefiting from her passion and knowledge of the game.”
De Boer will graduate from USU next May with a dual degree in economics and marketing.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to coach for the program that has given me so much already, De Boer said.