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5 takeaways from LAFC’s 4-3 win over San Jose

It was a barnburner to be sure!

MLS: Los Angeles FC at San Jose Earthquakes Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

It may not have been a pretty win, but as the adage goes … a win is a win as Los Angeles Football Club worked past San Jose Earthquakes for a win on the road.

Here is a look at our five takeaways from the Saturday night win at Avaya Stadium:

Adama Diomande is the real deal

Yeah, I know Bob Bradley said the best was yet to come, but seriously, this guy is for real. Can you imagine what LAFC’s attack is going to look like when he and Carlos Vela are on the field at the same time?

A brace by Diomande in this game shows that his signing is pretty legit and working him into the starting 11 is going to be a must once the 2018 World Cup is over.

Defense still needs help

Allowing three goals against a team like San Jose shows that the Black-and-Gold are still in need of some defensive back-up.

Yes, they didn’t have Laurent Ciman and it showed. But still, the Earthquakes aren’t necessarily a potent scoring machine, but they kind of looked like one against the back line. LAFC looked vulnerable to start the second half and rested on their proverbial laurels and that cannot happen.

Where did this Joao Moutinho kid come from?

He’s been up, and he’s been down all season long and that is to be somewhat expected from a rookie. Defensively, his play has been a little questionable, but Saturday he was in the right place at the right time to score the game winner, so we’ll take it.

Moving forward, however, he has to focus on what he was brought in for, and it isn’t scoring goals.

Showing a little mettle

LAFC has been a little impressive of late, especially considering they have been without their best players due to international duty.

Scoring a pair of stoppage-time goals shouldn’t have happened, nonetheless the team was able to respond. Winning two in a row leading into next week’s U.S. Open Cup game against Sacramento Republic FC is promising, all things considered.

Better halftime decisions

Just because LAFC had a lead at the break doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look at making adjustments. San Jose did and LAFC didn’t and look what happened. Bradley and the staff failed to account for the other side making any changes at all and it nearly cost them the game.

They have to be better at changing up tactics at halftime to account for what other teams may do because things aren’t getting any easier over the next few weeks with teams like Columbus, Philadelphia, Houston and Orlando on the slate.

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