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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

LAFC failed to finish the spot in the loss to the Timbers

LOS ANGELES – No team in Major League Soccer expects to score more than Los Angeles Football Club.

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This is not an overview of the playing style of LAFC under coach Bob Bradley; It’s a statement of the fact that the number of goals actually produced by a team jumps off the stat sheet—39 compared to 54 in 2018, 78 the following year, and last season—through 27 regular-season games. From.

At the Bank of California Stadium on Wednesday night, LAFC again created plenty of chances, and again, the goal was hard to hit.

Because LAFC continues not to do what it sets itself up for – the club is number 1 in the league with 1.83 expected goals per 90 minutes, but entered the competition in ninth place with 38 actual goals – the team won Dropped three points to the Portland Timbers, losing 2-1 for the third time this year.

Portland midfielder Yimmie Chara’s opening-half goal and Diron Esprila’s goal in the 59th minute were enough to top LAFC for the second time in 11 days.

Danny Musowski scored his third goal of the season for LAFC (9–12–6, 33 points) in the 56th minute, returning his side in the match before moving on to Portland (13–10–4, 43 points). Got it. 1 hour mark.

“Man it’s been unbelievable how many tough moments we’ve had to deal with,” Bradley said.

Desperate to avoid a third consecutive defeat, as it becomes more difficult to secure a playoff spot, LAFC fielded a team without a designated player (Brian Rodriguez’s hamstring problem) and four players to make it to the roster in early August. But were not.

Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman and forward Michi Ngalina played their first minutes for LAFC, advancing relative newcomers Sebastian Ibegha and Cristian Arango in the starting 11.

Eduard Atuesta debuted for the first time since Colombian mainstay was sidelined due to an ankle injury during the club’s recent defeats in Portland and San Jose. Atuesta’s calm presence was evident throughout most of the opening half as the newcomers fit in enough for LAFC during several scenes.

But the Timbers unbeaten in their seven (6-0-1) took the pressure off LAFC. Unlike LAFC, Portland made the most of their chances, completing their lone shot on target in the opening half, when Chara beat Blackman at the far post to send the home side back to its locker room, 1-0.

“It is unfortunate to miss the first goal,” said the 27-year-old Blackman, who relieved Tomas Romero after scoring 18 consecutive runs. “I could have done better with the goal, but as a team, we did really well in the first half.”

Bradley made three changes at the break, including moving goal scorer Musowski, but Portland maintained their defensive shape and refused to allow the LAFC to extend their backline with 14 shots – four on goal – throughout. into the match and with a stoppage time of nine minutes.

Meanwhile, the Timbers’ two shots on goal were enough to leave Los Angeles with three more points.

“We watch and we try different approaches and we are doing well but it doesn’t give,” said LAFC defender Jesus Murillo. “In this case the opponent gets two goals with less effort. That’s football. We must keep working hard every day and believe in our group.”

The game-winner came when Murillo allowed Portland’s leading scorer Felipe Mora to follow him into midfield. Mora’s shot hit the post and was bounced to Esprila, who slammed a one-time left footed shot into the back of the net.

Murillo, who apologized to his teammates after the match, said, “Tonight, the fault was not really the group, but the individuals’ fault.”

“He took responsibility and it shows the character he brings to the team,” Bradley said.

The Timbers improved to 12–1–1 in the year when they scored first, and trailed after 45 minutes to keep LAFC winless (0–5–1).

The result was LAFC’s third loss to BCS in 14 matches here this year. During the club’s last three seasons, LAFC lost a total of four times on its pitch.

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