LAFC controlled the run of play in the first half, but San Jose defended well, with a number of close chances by the black-and-gold but no breakthrough.
They found that go-ahead strike in the 45th minute, with Eddie Segura sending an improvised pass back to Mark-Anthony Kaye in San Jose’s box, Kaye burying the shot from the edge of the box to make it 1-0.
It looked like Brian Rodriguez scored in the 69th minute, but it wasn’t nice, as the goal was chalked off due to offside and the replays indicated it was the correct decision.
That proved especially costly, as Earthquakes substitute Shea Salinas scored, somewhat against the run of play, on a counter in the 80th minute in a nice individual play.
It got worse, as Jackson Yueill scored the game-winner for the Earthquakesin the 93rd minute with a nice bit of skill, after San Jose thoroughly outworked LAFC for the ball in the dying moments of the game.
It’s a chastening defeat for LAFC, who cannot find any kind of positive traction on this season and days after a record-breaking win, lose for the first time to San Jose. I don’t think LAFC played horribly, but they are a far more talented team than the Earthquakes and by not putting their many, many chances away early in the game, they paid dearly at the other end in the dying minutes. Having said all that, I wonder if the team was mostly tired here and if some rest would cure some of what ailed them in this game.
LAFC have a week between games, with the next date scheduled for Sunday against Real Salt Lake in Utah. LAFC got spanked last time they played RSL, but they’ve started finding some form, so a rematch should be a very good test for the black-and-gold at this phase of the season.
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