Los Angeles Football Club continued their preseason squaring off against the reigning MLS champs, Atlanta United. This one was at the Banc, but once again it was behind closed doors, as they drew 2-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Despite losing Miguel Almiron and Tata Martino, Atlanta United did not seem hampered at all in the first half.
New arrival Pity Martinez scored on a free kick to take the lead for Atlanta United in the first half. Eduard Atuesta committed the foul that lead to the free kick.
Atlanta United dominated the ball in the first half, and they were soon up 2-0. Josef Martinez took a pass and then played it in to Julian Gressel, who doubled the lead for Atlanta.
LAFC did not have much to say offensively in the first half, though Christian Ramirez did have a goal ruled out for offside.
The second half saw a number of substitutions, as they normally do in preseason games, including Adrien Perez and Shaft Brewer coming in.
Also notable that Mark-Anthony Kaye came on, his second game back since his injury last season.
LAFC grabbed a goal back, Adrien Perez capitalizing on a ball that Brad Guzan could not handle.
Overall in the second half LAFC were much better, and they were eventually able to get an equalizing goal.
It was that man again, Carlos Vela, who was able to elude the Atlanta defenders a knock a shot in the corner past Brad Guzan.
LAFC were the better team in the second half, but neither team could find a winner, and the game ended 2-2.
Overall this game seemed like the stereotypical game of two halves. Atlanta on the front foot in the first, and LAFC on top in the second.
Still it was nice for LAFC to be on the opposite end of blowing a lead for once. Preseason is always a work in progress, but the team does seem to be progressing well, and should be ready to kick things off next month when the season gets going.
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