LAFC forward Diego Rossi tonight won the MLS is Back Tournament Golden Boot presented by Audi, establishing himself among the league’s elite scorers with seven goals across five tournament matches.
The highlight of Rossi’s tournament performance came on July 18 in LAFC’s 6-2 victory over crosstown rival Galaxy when he scored four goals, becoming the 13th player in MLS history to achieve the feat. Rossi’s five combined goals and assists in that match tied the all-time league record, and he also became the first player to accomplish this twice in his MLS career.
Rossi added a goal in LAFC’s opening 3-3 draw against the Houston Dynamo on July 13 and scored a brace in the Club’s 4-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on July 27 in the MLS is Back Tournament Knockout Stage presented by Audi.
By winning the Golden Boot, Rossi has raised $10,000 for the LAFC Academy through the ‘Audi Goals Drive Progress’ program, a multi-year initiative launched by Audi and dedicated to expanding the breadth of academy resources through contributions toward player education, housing and transportation.
Audi’s contribution will be used by the LAFC Academy to ensure young players are supported as they endeavor to maintain excellence on the pitch and in the classroom. Additionally, Rossi’s seven goals raise $1,000 each towards the Audi Goals Drive Progress total, which currently stands at $195,000 throughout the 2020 season.
Of Rossi’s seven goals, five came in the MLS is Back Tournament Group Stage presented by Heineken and count toward the regular season. The Uruguayan currently leads the league in the race for the 2020 MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi with six regular season goals entering return to play in home markets.
In three years with LAFC, Rossi has tallied 34 goals and 18 assists in 71 regular season appearances. The Uruguayan forward was originally acquired by LAFC as the second Designated Player in Club history on December 14, 2017.