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

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              Los Angeles FC's Christian Ramirez, second from left, is mobbed by teammates after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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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.