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LAFC vs. Sounders, Review: Curb trudged in Los Angeles

What was billed as a showdown between the two best teams in the MLS quickly became a one-sided affair. LAFC opened the scoring on 12 minutes, beating the lead 2-0 just before half-time, finishing third just four minutes after the Sounders narrowed the gap to 2-1, and set the game shortly thereafter from.

The Sounders probably had a bit of luck when they came out of the game 4-1, as Stefan Frei had some big savings with high quality chances.

In the end, the Sounders had to accept their first defeat of the season and saw the eleven match without defeat. The allowed four goals were only once less than in the previous six games.

  • Carlos Vela opened in the 12th minute with a well-executed goal, which proved to be the sign of the upcoming event. Mark Anthony-Kaye was able to split the lines and feed Vela when he found a small gap between Kim Kee-hee and Brad Smith. His left foot was impossible to stop.

  • The Sounders would have been thrilled to score just one goal at halftime, and had found a hit just after Vela. That changed in the 39th minute. Nicolas Lodeiro had stolen a pass and Eduard Atuesta ran in. The Sounders still seemed to be well placed on their rear heels to defend the counter. But Román Torres made a bad shot at the top of the pits and gave Atuesta a nearly undisputed shot from about 18 meters away.
  • Harry Shipp finally gave the Sounders a glimmer of hope in the 51st minute. He took a pass from Víctor Rodrígez and put his shot in the far away post. Suddenly the Sounders had only one goal and seemed to have some life.
  • That took four minutes. Vela was once again behind the Sounders defense and scored his 10th goal of the season.
  • Cristian Ramirez dropped the Sounders' hope for a comeback when he came behind the defense and simply put the ball into the net.

What happened to the defense? Sure, they were without Chad Marshall, but this was not the defense that had allowed less than one goal per game in the last 25 games. Worse than the four goals themselves, most of them were as simple as it seemed.

Is LAFC really that much better than the rest of the league? LAFC ignored their loss on Wednesday and dominated almost everyone they encountered. The black and the gold look particularly unstoppable at home, as they are 5-0 and have now scored at least four goals in three of nine games. They are clearly the best team in the league today.

A quick chance to salvation. So thoroughly LAFC dominated the Sounders, there is still a chance next week that the two teams will even earn points, and Seattle will still have a game in hand. In addition the Sounders would have to win their home game in the middle of the week against the San Jose Earthquakes, which look almost not as bad as a few weeks ago. Then they have to take care of LAFC next Sunday. It's a shame these two teams are supposed to play within a week, but they give the Sounders the opportunity to turn the tale almost immediately. Of course there is also a chance that the Sounders could be nine points behind in the Western Conference Race …

In retrospect, Steven Beitashour's double nutmeg in the 6th minute was a real sign that this was not the day of the Sounders.

"We did not make it to the defensive half, being patient and knocking over the ball. I think we had to dictate the tempo a bit better, beat the first pressure line and keep the ball going and get it to work. We did not do it well enough. "- Harry Shipp

12 – The xG in this case is likely to be ugly, with the LAFC 12 out of the penalty area, 12 with no defenders between ball and free.


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