The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Seattle Sounders went at each other once again, just a week after LAFC defeated the Sounders 4-1 at Banc of California Stadium.
In one of a MLS’ loudest atmospheres the teams faced off in a bitter sloppy game that ended in a 1-1 draw. The games best action all took place in the first four minutes, but then became defined in red cards and near misses.
Coach Bob Bradley summmed up his teams frustrating day like this:
“It’s a day where we couldn’t make the play when it mattered, so they get credit they worked hard…we were determined to hang in there, it’s a bit frustrating sometimes but that’s also how it works some days.”
Bradley is right, like most of the season LAFC dominated possession (73.6%), passing accuracy (87%), and shots on target 5>3. Where they didn’t get it done was in the goals category.
The game’s opener provided all the goals needed. In a terrible breakdown LAFC turned over their first possession and led directly to a Jordan Morris goal just 44 seconds after the first whistle.
The Sounders had three minutes to enjoy their lead. Diego Rossi got on a ball coming down the wing and then found Carlos Vela cutting through the middle to deposit a tap in.
It was Vela’s 11th goal in his 10th game tying the MLS record. After those two opening goals the fireworks really started.
In the 16th minute a Sounders foul turned into a scrum that got out of hand. Sounders midfielder Christian Roldan was shown a red card for contact to the face of LAFC’s Eduard Atuesta.
Down to 10 men the Sounders should have been in trouble for the rest of the game but despite their advantage, LAFC was unable to capitalize.
The most egregious miss came in the 47th minute when Christian Ramirez had a chance on a ball in the middle that he lifted over the bar.
In the last minute of stoppage time LAFC almost made a disaster of the game when they allowed a Sounder counter to catch them off guard. Saves by Tyler Miller and Eddie Segura preserved the tie.
A late red card to the Sounders again did nothing and the game finished in a dissatisfying draw.
LAFC remains the top team in MLS, but there are some flaws showing, although this team is talented enough to overcome them.
They need to play more like the team that beat the Sounders (at home) and less like the team that showed up for Sunday’s draw.