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MLS is Back, July 23: LAFC Secure Second Place in Group F After Draw With Portland Timbers

Official Sporting KC & LAFC Reporter

LAFC vs. Portland Timbers

FT: 2-2

With a knockout round spot already reserved, the Los Angeles Football Club finished second in Group F following a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Thursday night.

In the 7′, Jaroslaw Niezgoda put Portland on the board when he went one on one with Pablo Sisniega to slot home an easy goal. With LAFC trailing already, the pressure was on to find a result.

Bradley Wright-Philips found LAFC’s equalizer in the 36th minute with a rocket that flew past Steve Clark. Diego Rossi quickly attacked in an effort to secure a quick second goal for the Black-and-Gold, however, his attempt fell short. Instead, LAFC would find the lead via a header from Mark-Anthony Kaye in the 40th minute.

The second half started off strong for LAFC with Brian Rodriguez looking to tally another goal, but his left-footed shot missed, going wide of the target. LAFC head coach Bob Bradley’s efforts to freshen up his squad in the 67′ would be for naught. The introduction of Andy Najar, Mohamed El-Munir, and José Cifuentes couldn’t keep the Black-and-Gold’s lead. In the 81′ the Timbers’ Jeremy Ebobisse found the final goal of the match, sealing a draw between the two sides.

LAFC will continue on to the knockout round (as will the Timbers) and will meet the Seattle Sounders on Monday, July 27. Last season, the Sounders bested LAFC in the Western Conference Final and advanced to win the 2019 MLS Cup.

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