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LAFC Loan Watch: Phillip Ejimadu starts again as FC Tucson lose to Tormenta FC

Tough result, but goalkeeper continues to get minutes.

Dan McDonald, The Mane Land

One of Los Angeles Football Club’s on-loan players, goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu, was in action on Wednesday as his FC Tucson side took on South Georgia Tormenta FC in the teams’ second-ever USL League One game, with Tormenta FC coming away with a 3-1 win.

Ejimadu, who appeared to suffer an injury in the season opener, although he finished the match, was back between the posts in goal for Tucson as their opening-season road swing continued. He made a good stop towards the end of the first half, and Tucson then took the lead in the 55th minute, through Devin Vega on a free kick.

Two minutes later, Tormenta began their comeback, as Lucas Coutinho tied up the game. Coutinho was unmarked in the box and he hit a one-timer off a cross, so Ejimadu was hung out to dry a bit on that one.

Alex Morrell scored right after that, as a long throughball found him on a near one-v-one with Ejimadu. The goalkeeper was aggressive in trying to snuff out the chance, but he missed Morrell and the player converted the open-net shot.

Then Marco Micaletto scored the insurance tally in the 74th minute, with a shot that looked very reminiscent of a Carlos Vela left-footed curler.

So all in all, FC Tucson and Ejimadu didn’t get the win on this one but two goals where defenders didn’t pick up players and one quasi-wonder goal were what beat him on the night. He did have three saves and one punch in total.

Tucson are off this weekend and then next Saturday, April 13, they’ll have their first home game, against Toronto FC II. We’ll keep you posted if Ejimadu is involved in the proceedings.

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