LAFC shut out Real Salt Lake at home

July 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA. LAFC Section 3252 at the Los Angeles Football Club vs Portland Timbers at BANC OF CALIFORNIA Stadium in Los Angeles, Ca on July 18, 2018. Jevone Moore
Los Angeles FC forward Latif Blessing #7 on the move during the Los Angeles Football Club at BANC OF CALIFORNIA Stadium in Los Angeles, Ca on July 15, 2018. Rick Gurrola

Los Angeles FC moved into third place in the Western Conference standings after newly acquired Christina Ramirez scored two first-half goals to lead the Black and Gold to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake Wednesday at the Banc of California Stadium.

Ramirez arrived to the LAFC after a trade with Minnesota United last week and helped his team snap a five-game winless skid.

“I’m just glad that we won and that’s the important thing,” Ramirez said. “Anyway that I can contribute; tonight with the goals, another day it will be with an assist or defensive driving.”

LAFC got on the board in the 13th minute when Carlos Vela gathered the loose ball and sent a pass to Ramirez who flicked a soft shot over the goalkeepers head.

“He’s the one that, in the right moments, knows how to find space in the box,” LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said. “And he can score in different ways. That was apparent tonight.”

In the 29th minute, Ramirez gave LAFC a 2-0 lead on a left-footed shot from just outside the six-yard box.

The Black and Gold will host Colorado on Sunday before heading to the StubHub Center to take on rival Los Angeles Galaxy Friday, Aug. 24.

“Before the game I challenged for more concentration, more intensity, more helping each other on the field, more leadership, all of those things, and then at halftime I said, today we need a shutout,” Bradley said.