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Not the game we were looking for: LAFC 1, New York Red Bulls 2

LAFC could not grab a win on the road, and lose their second game in three games.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at New York Red Bulls Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club’s less-than-stellar run of form continued on Sunday, as they fell on the road to New York Red Bulls 2-1.

LAFC started the match with a handful of chances against the run of play that came just short of putting them ahead. The first came in the 16th minute, when Adama Diomande found himself open right in front of goal to receive a Steven Beitashour cross, but could not put it on frame.

Diego Rossi also had a pair of chances in the first half that could have put the Black-and-Gold in front. The first came in the 19th minute, when Dio dribbled into the box and found Rossi in the center of the area. Rossi took his shot on goal, which appeared to go just wide, but Luis Robles had actually gotten a kick on it as he came off his line.

In the 25th minute, Daniel Royer got past Beitashour on the left side of the pitch and streaked into the box, and dribbled at Tyler Miller coming out to retrieve the ball. Royer lost control of the ball as Miller went to ground, and the ball went out for a goal kick. The controversy, however, came from the Red Bulls calling for a penalty, as Miller did not appear to make contact with the ball and brought Royer down.

Rossi’s second chance came in the 36th, as he attempted a curling shot from outside the box after Carlos Vela dodged a challenge and got the ball to the Uruguayan as he went to ground. The shot bounced off the post, though, and the score remained level.

Red Bull managed to get themselves in a good position going into the second half, with Royer getting revenge for his previous chance by putting New York ahead in the 38th minute. Kaku found Michael Murillo on the right with a great ball, and Murillo sent it at Tyler Miller. Miller deflected the shot to his right, but left it right in front of goal, where Royer was able to get a foot on it to put in the first goal of the game. Laurent Ciman and Beitashour were both in the area, but were not able to prevent Royer from completing an impressive finish.

It did not take long for LAFC to equalize in the second half, thanks to the formidable combination of Rossi and Vela. Vela got the ball on the right side of the pitch and cut inside, slotting a pass into Rossi right at the top of the box. Rossi dipped past Murillo in defense and got the ball in open space within the box in front of Robles, and while the keeper was able to get a hand on his shot, Rossi buried the first goal for LAFC.

LAFC had another decent chance about seven minutes later when Latif Blessing crossed the ball from the right side to Diomande, who found himself in open space looking at Robles. Robles, however, came far off his line to meet the striker and dispossess him, and while Rossi was able to take it into the box from there to no avail, Dio hunched over and had to be subbed out for Marco Ureña.

One of the top scorers in MLS history, Bradley Wright-Phillips, set up the winning goal in the 79th minute, much to the chagrin of LAFC. Wright-Phillips got a long ball in stride all by himself on the right side of the pitch, and dribbled into the box to get the attention of Ciman and Miller before he slotted the ball to his left to Royer. Royer then put the ball into the net with a cool finish to secure his brace and restore the lead for Red Bull.

Just after the goal, Danilo Silva made his debut for LAFC by taking the pitch in the 83rd minute for Walker Zimmerman, who was experiencing cramps according to the FS1 broadcast.

Royer’s second goal ended up to be the winning goal, as LAFC was unable to create a legitimate chance in the final ten minutes. The Black and Gold did manage to keep Red Bulls off the scoresheet once again, despite a couple of chances from Derrick Etienne. LAFC had a free kick in the dying moments, but no one was able to get a good shot off, and the match came to a close with Red Bull on top.

LAFC’s next match is on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium, in the semifinal of the U.S. Open Cup against the Houston Dynamo. They will then play on Saturday at home against Sporting Kansas City, who currently sit in third in the West, just above LAFC.

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