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5 takeaways from LAFC’s U.S. Open Cup exit to Houston Dynamo

That was heartbreaking.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Houston Dynamo vs Los Angeles FC John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, it was exciting to watch, but darn was it heartbreaking at the end as Los Angeles Football Club missed out on competing for its first trophy with a 3 (6)-3 (7) loss to Houston Dynamo in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

With that, here are our five takeaways from Wednesday night’s match:

Go, Diego Go!

Diego Rossi was a big bright spot for the Black-and-Gold. Opening the scoring, then putting LAFC in a position to stay in it late in the game was big.

Last time out, I talked about Rossi coming into his own and becoming a stronger attack option for LAFC and Wednesday night proved that appears to be happening.

Careful with the press

LAFC rarely pressed on the ball for most of the night and when they did, it cost them.

In the 25th minute, a goal kick by Houston was poorly marked on a press and it allowed the Dynamo to find the space they needed to create a big chance — which was finished by Mauro Manotas.

Pressing is fine, but if you aren’t able to cut space on the press, it can create all sorts of opportunities for your opponents.

Winless in five

The loss Wednesday marks the fifth straight match where LAFC are winless.

It has been a difficult stretch for the Black-and-Gold and it is a hump they have to get over if they are going to contend.

With Sporting Kansas City next on the docket, LAFC need to find that early season magic and get past this drought.

Outdueled

LAFC managed to win 43 duals against Houston, but the Dynamo won 51.

Ball control and being able to successfully contend for balls is crucial to any team and it was something LAFC failed to do Wednesday.

The Black-and-Gold have to do better with 1-on-1s in order to maintain ball control and create chances.

Oh, Ciman!

Laurent Ciman had an opportunity to win the game with his shootout attempt, but he placed the ball right in the path of Joe Willis, who was able to knock the ball away.

Ciman clearly didn’t read where Willis was going to jump and really didn’t put enough on the ball to make much of a difference.

I guess I expected a bit more from the captain.

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