Okay, so it really wasn’t the desired outcome as Los Angeles Football Club drew 0-0 with Portland Timbers Sunday afternoon at Banc of California Stadium, but there were some good things to come out of the match-up.
Here are our five takeaways from Sunday’s game:
Set piece killer
LAFC has normally been pretty strong with the set pieces, but no so much on Sunday.
The Black-and-Gold had 11 corner kicks compared to just two for Portland. How many did they connect on? None.
This is problematic as LAFC has shown a propensity to really capitalize on corners and directs. You could say Portland was stronger defensively, but I think LAFC showed a lack of ability and discipline that needs to be fixed.
LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller continues to show why he is one of the best on the box in MLS. His big save of Diego Valeri early in the match was big.
Had Valeri connected, it could have been a game changer, but Miller was up to the task and Portland was never really able to threaten after that.
Meet the same foe, just like the old foe
It’s obviously not going to get any easier for LAFC moving forward as the Black-and-Gold will see Portland again on Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup.
The question is will LAFC do or see anything differently?
It isn’t as if Portland has some kind of secret sauce to their offense or defense. Our challenge is capitalization. LAFC squandered too much Sunday and cannot afford to let that happen again Wednesday.
Who knew the B-movie star was such a fan?
It used to be you could go to a video store and not run into some movie he had starred in.
But, alas, it seems we have another Hollywood name to add to the list of LAFC fans.
Create the space
One thing Portland did do well Sunday is close off space for LAFC to work in. They compacted the zone when they needed to and LAFC failed to compensate.
Not having that space really limited the Black-and-Gold’s attacking options as Portland found ways to collapse on the ball and not give LAFC playmakers much room to move.
Going forward, Bob Bradley and the squad will have to make necessary adjustments to give themselves the space they need to operate, especially in the final third of the field.
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