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Los Angeles Football Club started their campaign at Banc Of California Stadium with a streak of 13 unbeaten matches, however Sporting Kansas City put a halt to that with a 2-0 win over them Saturday night in Los Angeles.
After playing their 3rd game in seven nights, which included a 120-minute thriller against the Houston Dynamo that ended in penalty kicksin the U.S. Open Cup tournament, head coach Bob Bradley had some major changes for the starting lineup.
Andre Horta, Danilo Silva and Luis Lopez all made their first start for the club, while the likes of everyday starters Carlos Vela, Laurent Ciman, Latif Blessing, and Steven Beitashour started the game on the bench.
Although LAFC may have gotten shutout, there were plenty of chances for them to score, most which came after Vela, Blessing and the newly acquired Christian Ramirez came into the game. The instant impact they provided gave hope to an almost lost cause, but unfortunately LAFC were unable to put the ball inside the net.
And that change of energy and pace are the reason LAFC may still be in good shape despite being winless in their last five games of league play.
After having played three games in eight days in mid-July and a similar stretch this month, LAFC are in the middle of another tough stretch of games.
They will face three more teams in nine nights, before this month ends, two who are in the top six of the Western Conference. And with only four points separating spots 2-6 in the standings, LAFC must come out with as many points as possible.
LAFC’s hectic month will continue on Wednesday as they look to avenge their first home loss in club history as they play Real Salt Lake, a team they beat 5-1 back in April. The legs may still be tired, but Bradley can’t afford to continue resting players in such a critical time.
RSL are coming off a 1-1 draw at home to the Montreal Impact where a disastrous set piece in the 55th caused them to concede a goal. If RSL could have held off and won, those three points would have propelled them to the 4th seed and pushed LA Galaxy and LAFC to the 5th and 6th spot, respectively.
LAFC may not go undefeated in 13 out of 15 games in league play as they did from April to July, but they do have a more complete roster this time around. And starting in September they will start to get consistent rest after games, having only one week, in October, where they will play more than one game.
But first, they need to come out of this gauntlet with their legs intact, and some more points in the standings.
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