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5 takeaways from LAFC’s 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps

One (or two) that got away.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Los Angeles FC Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After the first 15 minutes of Sunday’s home finale with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Los Angeles Football Club fans may have thought that game was in hand.

Well, apparently so did LAFC as a pair of unanswered goals helped the Whitecaps salvage a 2-2 draw at Banc of California Stadium.

With that, five observations from the match:

Rossi continues to perform

It was Diego Rossi that put LAFC in a position to win the match with his brace in the first 15 minutes.

It seemed like Rossi was putting on a clinic to open the game. His movement was fluid and his ability to keep Vancouver’s defense off-balance was well-noted.

Record-breaking

Even the draw Sunday pushed LAFC to set the new Major League Soccer record for the number of points accumulated by an expansion side in its first season.

The 57 points was done with a ton of hard work on behalf of Bob Bradley and the staff.

The key now is carrying that into the postseason.

Poor Vancouver

Despite a penalty in the first half and the equalizer in the second, the point was not enough to keep the Whitecaps in the playoff hunt.

Only a win would have been enough to keep Vancouver at pace with sixth-place Real Salt Lake. Alas, they are now five points adrift of the sixth and final playoff spot with just one match left.

Courtesy of MLSSoccer.com

Still a shot to win the conference title

It may be a longshot, but LAFC still have a chance to win the Western Conference title next week with the regular-season finale at Sporting Kansas City.

The Black-and-Gold are two points back of Sporting and a win would put them a point over. FC Dallas is tied with LAFC on points and could share the title if both teams win next weekend.

Not bad for an expansion campaign.

The veritable force of The 3252

What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than with The 3252?

Each week, that end of the stadium impresses me more and more.

Even LAFC co-owner Will Ferrell can’t deny the impact the supporter club has on the atmosphere of The Banc.

Just wait for the playoffs!

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