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5 takeaways from LAFC’s 2-2 draw at Houston Dynamo

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The road was certainly not kind to the Black-and-Gold.

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Ugh … last-minute goals are the worst if you are the team giving them up. But, giving up two makes it even worse, as Los Angeles Football Club squandered a two-goal lead, but still came away with a point after a 2-2 draw at Houston Dynamo Tuesday.

Here’s a look at our five takeaways from the draw in south Texas:

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Giveth and receiveth

Both of LAFC’s goals showed that Adama Diomande can serve as both receiver and giver as he managed a nice pair of give-and-gos with Latif Blessing and Mark-Anthony Kaye.

It indicates there is more in Diomande’s arsenal than just finding the back of the net himself. It makes him an even more valuable commodity for LAFC moving forward.

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Like I said, late goals are the worst

I mean really … it’s extra time and you know the other team being down two is going to press the attack.

So, what do we do, give up a pair of goals in three minutes of extra time. See the aforementioned ugh!

We have to do better than that. But, then again, I have seen similar collapses by some of the world’s best teams at the World Cup.

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Better away from home

Yes, our home record is awesome, but as I have written before, we aren’t fortunate enough to play all of our matches at Banc of California Stadium.

Tuesday’s letdown shows we still have work to do when playing on the road. What makes it even more frustrating is that the crowd wasn’t even a factor thanks to the eariier rain. Again … ugh!

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Getting the boys back to together again

With Mexico’s elimination from the World Cup — and Neymar’s more than entertaining and meme-worthy flop — Bob Bradley and the gang will soon have just about everyone back on the roster.

Basically, this means that Carlos Vela is coming back soon. Inserting Vela back into the lineup, especially with Diomande could be very interesting for LAFC moving forward (I hope to have more on that soon).

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Don’t forget the Kaye

Remember Mark-Anthony Kaye? He was a player a lot of Black-and-Gold fans figured would have a pretty prominent place on the bench as the season progressed.

I don’t know what it is but he continues to impress in the midfield — even Tuesday’s goal aside. I think several people — myself included — may have grossly underestimated Kaye, but I’ll eat my misjudgment, all things considered.

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