Starting off your inaugural season playing six road games was going to be difficult. Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) was not afraid of the task and came home with four wins out of the six games. Opening up Banc of California Stadium for a four game homestand also brings it’s own pressures.
LAFC would be seeking results at home just like they did on the road, but with a huge spotlight shining on them there was a real possibility the pressure would be too great to handle.
So far they’ve been acing the test, scoring four goals only conceding one, this after giving up 13 goals over the last five games on their road trip. They’ve gotten points in every game going 2-0-1, there is still one more game left in the home stand but here are some things LAFC can be happy about so far.
LAFC might have a new shine vibe going, and you could argue fans were going to show up no matter what. Black and Gold fans have showed up in droves and given Banc of California Stadium the atmosphere teams crave. The supporters section made up of a cross section of supporters groups stay’s loud through out the game.
Wednesday night there was a chance that the stadium could have been low in compacity compared to weekend games, but the house was full again showing fans are coming out to see LAFC play.
Defense is showing up
As noted during their road trip, LAFC was plagued with some defensive lapses but that’s been shored so far at Banc of California Stadium. Conceding one goal in 270 minutes will definitely make you look good. Give credit to the back line and goalie Tyler Miller.
Miller has 12 saves over the three games and the defense has helped shut down the opposition. They’ll have to play big on Sunday as they face NYCFC, a club that has scored more goals than their first three home opponents.
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After their first home game, LAFC lost their striker Marco Ureña to facial surgery. Losing one of their best players might have put the team into a slump, instead the team has rallied and new players have stepped up to carry the load.
In Wednesday’s win against Minnesota United making the second start of his career, Eduard Atuesta scored the opening goal of the game. A few minutes later Mark-Anthony Kaye doubled the lead when he put his foot on a ball kept in the goal area by a Latif Blessing header.
If Ureña’s absence is prolonged, LAFC will need players like Kaye and Atuesta to continue to step up and fill the void.