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LAFC lose for first time in 2019 preseason, to Columbus Crew SC

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Visitors come from behind to beat black-and-gold.

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JJ Williams had a brace for the winning side.
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Los Angeles Football Club lost for the first time in the 2019 preseason on Monday, as they lost 4-2 to Columbus Crew SC in a closed-door scrimmage at Banc of California Stadium.

LAFC fielded a pretty mixed lineup to start, with Jordan Harvey starting at center back and Shaft Brewer, Jr. again starting at right back.

They got on the board early in the first half, with trialist Alejandro Guido crossing the ball that led to a Columbus own goal:

Crew SC forward Patrick Mullins then tied up the game:

As expected, LAFC made major changes for the second half, with four unsigned players entering at the break, albeit none that we haven’t heard of before in this preseason camp:

After the break, Lee Nguyen scored off a feed from trialist Adrien Perez, followed by Crew SC rookie JJ Williams scoring in short order to make it 2-2.

Adama Diomande entered in the second half for Christian Ramirez, making his first appearance of the preseason after returning from U.S. Men’s National Team duty.

Unsigned draft pick Kevin Mendoza then entered for Jordan Harvey.

Trialist Conor O’Brien entered late for Mark-Anthony Kaye, who was making his preseason game debut this year.

Then, Columbus took the lead:

They followed that up with an insurance tally from Justin Meram just before the final whistle to make it 4-2.

So, on the bright side, Kaye and Ramirez got their first action in preseason for LAFC. On the down side, I suppose, they lost. That said it’s the preseason and results aren’t important. While Columbus might have fielded kind of a weird lineup themselves (their lineup graphics indicated a 3-6-1 lineup, which is plausible but extremely radical in tactical terms), this lineup for LAFC indicated a “let’s try this and see what happens” approach on the day. Given the timing in the preseason, it’s perfectly reasonable, and I think it’s therefore not a huge surprise the result didn’t go the way of the black-and-gold.

LAFC’s next scheduled game is on Sunday against Atlanta United. With Bob Bradley’s team halfway through the preseason game slate, I think the team will become much more regimented about fielding season-ready lineups and playing guys longer minutes in anticipation of the March 3 opener. Stay tuned!

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