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LAFC fall in semifinal of eMLS Cup Tournament Special

The title wasn’t meant to be for LAFC.

MLS: FORWARD25 Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club made it to the final four of MLS’s eMLS Cup Tournament Special competition, matching up current MLS players with current eMLS pros as two-man teams for clubs participating, but the black-and-gold fell in the semifinal round of Sunday’s final phase.

Adama Diomande got off to a good start in the match against Sporting Kansas City, beating Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal 2-1, but LAFC’s Martin Oregel lost 2-0 to SKC’s Alexander Betancourt, leaving Sporting KC to advance to the finals with a 3-2 aggregate win.

In the final, Sporting lost to Atlanta United, represented by player Franco Escobar and eMLS pro Paulo Neto. The league touted Atlanta’s “fourth title” as a club, which led to some chuckles over that framing.

So LAFC didn’t get the title, but they put in a good showing all things considered. Congrats to Martin and Adama, and I’m sure we’ll see them on the sticks again soon.

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