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5 takeaways from LAFC’s 2-1 loss at New York Red Bulls

It certainly wasn’t pretty for the Black-and-Gold.

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Yeah, that wasn’t a great game for the Black-and-Gold as they struggle to perform solidly on the road. Los Angeles Football Club stumbled, 2-1 at New York Red Bulls Sunday.

The loss dropped LAFC into a tie for third in the Western Conference with Sporting Kansas City.

With that, here are our five takeaways from the game:

Missed opportunities

Right out of the gate, LAFC had some key chances they failed to capitalize on. Steven Beitashour and Diego Rossi stumbled on early opportunities in the first 20 minutes.

Unfortunately, this has become somewhat characteristic of LAFC — especially on the road.

Road woes continue

This is getting a bit redundant. Look, I understand that winning on the road in MLS this season is no easy task, but it seems like LAFC is turning losing on the road into a habit.

This month proves to be a difficult stretch for the Black-and-Gold, continuing with a road trip to Houston for the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday.

LAFC has to gain some much-needed confidence on the road if they are going to become a title contender … in any competition.

Rossi on the board

It was a great feed from Carlos Vela and Rossi made the most of it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for LAFC.

It would be nice to see Rossi pick up his form from the start of the season where he was a solid force up front. Perhaps Sunday’s performance is a step in that direction.

Defense still an issue

New York, albeit a very good team, seemed to show a little more dominance in attack.

It appeared that while Tyler Miller did what he could, the defensive set for LAFC played out of position on several occasions.

The second goal was another instance where there was no defensive support on the initial up-front pass into the front third.

Bottom line is LAFC’s defense need to be better set in the back and not get beat on long passes and quick counterattacks.

Put a body on him

The Red Bulls’ Daniel Royer dominated most of the night for New York. And, through it all, it appeared LAFC forgot he was even on the field.

Royer’s brace is what gave New York the win, but he was helped in the fact that LAFC’s marking of him was weak on most occasions.

When you have a player having that kind of a game, it is extremely important to cover him at all times. If you don’t you are bound to be beaten by him and LAFC certainly were.

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