Upset at the Banc
By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com
As with every game at Banc of California Stadium the 3252 supporters’ sections keep all the fans involved in the match while cheering on the home town club. The LAFC would need that extra support on this Sunday night because they would be without the league’s leading scorer and the heart and soul of their team as they welcome Minnesota United FC to their stadium just south of downtown Los Angeles. For precautionary reasons, from a slight hamstring pull in the previous weeks’ matchup against the Galaxy, Carlos Vela would sit out this game to fully regain his health for the upcoming playoff push.
The LAFC would no doubt miss Carlos Vela, the Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico native, and his 26 goals and 15 Assists he brought to the team. Tranqueras, Uruguayan native and 20-year-old Brian Rodriguez would get the call to replace the MLS leading scorer against Minnesota United. However, as they attempt to defend their undefeated home record, the LAFC would miss the presence of their leading scorer and assist man.
Less than midway through the first half the LAFC surrendered a goal to Minnesota United in the 25th minute of the match. Once this happened the Minnesota defense sagged back and effectively “narrowed the margins”, for LAFC per Bob Bradley. Making it extremely tough for them to score. Shortly thereafter the Mason Toye scored his second goal of the match in the 29th minute.
The LAFC did lead the game in total shots with 24 to 5 for Minnesota, however, LAFC’s 13 shots off target compared to 1 shot off target for the visiting (12-9-2) Minnesota United squad was an ominous sign. I was curious and wanted to know from Head Coach Bob Bradley if they expected to win a game with this shot disparity? Of course, he said, “Yes, they expected to win this game.” The “parking the bus” strategy, employed by Minnesota made the game harder for the LAFC by “getting behind early.”
The 3252 was no less enthusiastic with their support of the LAFC with the 2 early scores from Minnesota United. However, their support of did not register any goals for the team resulting in the team’s first loss at home and third shutout of the season. The LAFC will get a chance to erase this loss from their memory win the face Orlando City SC on the road in their next matchup on September 7th.
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