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Bob Bradley on LAFC’s first win: “A lot of positives, great to win. Still a lot of work to do.”

That just about sums it up.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Seattle Sounders FC Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Bradley is back in MLS, and through one week, he’s right where he left off in the league.

Bradley’s team, Los Angeles Football Club, played to a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders in their inaugural MLS regular season game on Sunday. Huge performances all over the field contributed to the win, led by forward Diego Rossi, who scored the winner, and Tyler Miller, who started in goal against his former team.

It was a good result, but Bradley recognized his team remains a work in progress one week into the season.

“It’s a great win. The first 25 minutes I thought actually the football was pretty good,” Bradley told reporters at CenturyLink Field following the game. “After that it was more about fighting and defending, but you know when you’re starting out as a team, you have to learn how to win different kinds of games.

“A lot of guys gave big efforts. I thought Tyler Miller was very good in goal. Mark-Anthony Kaye, first game in the league, does a very good job of holding things together in the midfield. Very good goal. Good movement, great finish by Diego [Rossi]. A lot of positives, great to win. Still a lot of work to do.”

As Bradley explained, LAFC started the game very hot, controlling the run of play in the first 10 minutes and nearly scoring just two minutes into the match from a diving header by Latif Blessing. Their efforts were rewarded in the 11th minute, when Rossi combined with Kaye and Vela to score the team’s first-ever goal. But roughly 25 minutes in, Seattle got control of the game and were admittedly unfortunate not to score themselves over the course of the match. And LAFC more or less held on for dear life.

“I think we were more confident to play the ball a little faster,” Bradley said. “Some of our movement to get from outside in to move where Diego moved quickly into that space. I would say from outside in, the little ball through, we had a chance early with Latif on the header. I think there was some really good moments early on. After, they pushed us deeper and we played way too many long balls today. Way too many balls that are just up in the air for Marcos [Ureña] to fight for. That’s not really what we’re looking for. That’s really the result of getting pushed deep and there’s pressure with guys on the ball, but in time I feel like we’ll improve that.”

In general, it seemed like Bradley was satisfied with the result, not least because of the occasion, with LAFC playing on the road, against the MLS Cup finalist, in one of the most fearsome atmospheres in the league, to open their history.

“We talked today. We only get one chance for it and you got to show what you’re all about. I don’t think we showed football-wise what we are capable of but that’s only going to get better. I’m very confident as we build this team that we’re going to see some real football,” he said.

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