In just a short six day work week the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) endured the worst week of their short history. It wasn’t just the losses that are piling up but also the ugly play we’ve seen lately.
LAFC saw their chances at a Cup final frittered away, their winless road game streak continued, and their undefeted home streak ended. Here were the lowlights of the week.
No Cup Final
Despite again playing awfully on defense on the road against the Houston Dynamo, somehow L.A. still found themselves one kick from making it to the U.S. Open Cup Final. A historic first for the club, they would have been the third expansion team to have a chance at a Cup win in their first season.
LAFC needed a miracle header from Diego Rossi in late stoppage time to tie the score 3-3 before extra time. It was hat trick for Rossi and the last goal scored in the game. With no scoring in extra time it came down to penalties, a first for Los Angeles.
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— Laurent Ciman (@LaurentCiman23) August 9, 2018
Thanks to a save from Tyler Miller LAFC found themselves one PK away from going to the final. With the ball at his foot captain Laurent Ciman had his ball saved. LAFC would lose later when Latif Blessing had his ball saved as well. Just like that no final for LAFC.
Los Angeles has faced a rough month in MLS play, the team has not won in their last five MLS regular season games. They are 0-2-3 in their last month, this was compounded by Saturday’s home loss against Sporting KC. It was LAFC’s first home loss ever at Banc of California Stadium.
Some of these problems could be attributed to the heavier road schedule lately, this was compounded by perhaps fatigue due to three games in six nights. LAFC coach Bob Bradley had to use some unproven starters after their tiring loss Wednesday. The team couldn’t salvage much of anything and lost 2-0.
Regardless of who is in or out , home or away, the defense has been the bigger let down for LAFC. The team has been outscored 10-4 during their five game winless streak. Bradley will have to figure something out with his backline.