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5 takeaways from LAFC’s 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

It was a night of lessons for the expansion side.

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Los Angeles Football Club dropped a close one on the road, 2-1 to FC Dallas on Saturday. This was the first time LAFC played without their World Cup contingent, and they clearly missed in particular Carlos Vela and Laurent Ciman. Let’s take a look at what else can be learned from this game.

LAFC’s defense struggled, and is now even more shorthanded with the loss of Jordan Harvey

LAFC did not defend well in this game. FC Dallas was frequently able to get runners in behind and balls in dangerous areas. If Tyler Miller didn’t stand on his head, Dallas would’ve had four or five goals by halftime. The defending was better in the second half, but then Jordan Harvey got sent off for two yellow cards, which was the last thing this team needs, with the World Cup and Dejan Jakovic’s red card last week. Thankfully LAFC’s next opponent in MLS is the San Jose Earthquakes, who have been bad. Still, Bob Bradley will have some mixing and matching to do in defense again next weekend.

Adama Diomande provided a spark off the bench

It was clear in the first half just how much LAFC missed Vela. They weren’t able to hold onto the ball in the offensive end for sustained periods of time, and only generated a couple of chances. In the second half Adama Diomande came in for Lee Nguyen, and things changed almost immediately. Diomande provided a physical presence, but also a technical one, as illustrated by the goal he scored when he combined with Benny Feilhaber to grab a goal back. LAFC started to get the ball in more dangerous areas, and though they did not get an equalizer, it was clear Diomande made an impact, and could do well in a super sub role for this team.

Lee Nguyen is still finding his footing at LAFC

It’s understandable, because Lee Nguyen is still relatively new to LAFC, and he wasn’t playing at all this year with the New England Revolution, but he is still finding his way with this team. You see the creativity that he has displayed so much in the past with New England, but he just doesn’t seem to be on the same page as the rest of LAFC’s attackers. I expect him to figure it all out, but hopefully for everyone it is sooner rather than later.

If LAFC play like they did in the second half, they might be able to weather the World Cup storm

As I stated earlier, LAFC were not good in the first half. They gave up a lot of good chances, and were not able to generate many on their end. The second half was a different story though, LAFC limited the chances the FC Dallas had, and scored a goal and were able to generate better chances going forward. They weren’t able to get a point, but the second half display was encouraging, and should be something to build on.

Tyler Miller had a really good game

Seriously, Tyler Miller was on top of his game today, and made several really good saves.

Life’s not fair and neither is soccer, but Miller did not deserve to be on the losing end of the match today.

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