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LAFC: Comeback draw with Orlando FC 2-2

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Diego Rossi of LAFC after scoring the equalizing goal against Orlando City | Photo by LAFC | September 7, 2019

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) would have preferred a win but being down on the road, missing seven players due to international call-ups, and missing their captain Carlos Vela for the second game in a row, a draw feels like a win.

LAFC was going into their game against Orlando FC on the road having failed to beat the LA Galaxy again and then losing at home for the first time to Minnesota United.

The mini slump could not have come at the worst time as Vela is dealing with a hamstring issue that started in the Galaxy game, and it was the FIFA international break, meaning LAFC was playing with a shorthanded roster.

One of LAFC’s strengths is their depth and it showed almost immediately when Adrien Perez scored the opening goal in the 12th minute pouncing on a rebound in the box and getting a timely deflection off his shot. It was Perez’s first MLS goal and the 16th LAFC player to score in an MLS game this season.

One uncharacteristic aspect that has plagued LAFC recently has been giving up goals and giving them up in bunches. Orlando was not down long as they immediately scored off the kickoff, when forward Nani chipped a shot over LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller.

Just a few minutes later Orlando was up 2-1. Benji Michel scored in the 20th minute getting his foot on a cross in the box.

In their last three games, LAFC has given up two or more goals in every game, their longest such streak of the season.

Down but not out LAFC remembered who they were and went on to dominate possession the rest of the game, 78.3 percent over the second half.

They also sustained pressure putting up 13 shots, and they got the equalizer late. In the 78th minute, Adama Diomande and Diego Rossi put together an effective give and go to get Rossi his 15th goal knotting the game up at 2-2.

With no game-winner to come, LAFC did drop points in their third straight game but under the circumstances, they did an admirable job of avoiding a second consecutive loss, something that still hasn’t happened this season.

Coach Bob Bradley wasn’t feeling cheerful about the result though stating:

“When we got to 2-2, had we stayed a little sharper I thought the third goal was there for us. I’m not really very happy, sometimes people say good job it’s a good point I told them tonight no I don’t really feel that way.”

Regardless of the result LAFC remains in the driver’s seat for the Western Conference number one seeding and picking up their first trophy the MLS Supporters Shield.

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