By: Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC
It has been a very rough week for the Los Angeles Football Club, who dropped their second straight match for the first time since August 2018. LAFC fell to rival Seattle Sounders 3-1 at CenturyLink Field.
With Carlos Vela and Eduard Atuesta still absent due to injuries, coach Bob Bradley has given multiple players their debut starts for the 2020 MLS campaign. Jose Cifuentes made his first career MLS start, while Danilo Silva returned to central defense for his first appearance since last year after battling injuries.
Unfortunately, Silva’s welcome back was cut short after being forced to leave the field early, in the 39th minute, due to a possible hamstring injury.
Despite having a stronger start than their previous performance against the LA Galaxy, poor defense, goalkeeping, and sloppy plays would plague the Black-and-Gold. Raul Ruidiaz delivered a dangerous 35-yard strike in the 11th minute putting Seattle on the board first.
The Black-and-Gold tried to answer two minutes later when a headed pass from Mark-Anthony Kaye following a set piece fell to Diego Rossi. But his right footed shot from outside the box was high and the shot went wide to the left.
Jordan Morris continued Seattle’s onslaught moments after the restart, scoring a brace in the span of a minute bringing the host’s total up 3-0.
Diego Rossi scored the club’s lone goal in the 60th minute off a cross from Cifuentes inside the penalty area. Unfortunately, his goal did not start a comeback as fans hoped as LAFC struggled, and failed, to get back to form throughout the remainder of the match.
Bob Bradley did a full side change in the 77′ and 78′ that saw Mark-Anthony Kaye, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Brian Rodriguez exit the match. The trio seemed displeased with the decision but given the short turnaround, it was no surprise Bradley would save them to give our young forwards more playing time.
Christian Torres made LAFC history in the 78th minute, becoming the first Homegrown Academy player to appear for the club in a regular season match.
Now sitting in 7th place in the Western Conference, the Black-and-Gold will prepare to host the San Jose Earthquakes at the Banc Of California Stadium on Wednesday, September 2 at 8:00 p.m. PST.
Featured Image: Mike Fiechtner
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