It’s been said the last few matches, but this math against Minnesota United was one of two, extremely critical, matches for LAFC. Coming into the match, Minnesota were only four points ahead of the black and gold in the fight for the playoffs. A loss would all but cement their fate on the outside looking in. Good news, they didn't lose. Bad news, they didn't get the win, with the match ending in a 1-1 stalemate.
Most of the first half was a bit like a high-profile boxing fight, with both teams just feeling one another out. Minnesota came out with their foot on the gas, pressing forward, but LAFC did well to defend, even if they couldn't get the counter-attack going immediately.
They were, however, able to find themselves in dangerous positions, and in the 32nd minute it paid off. A foul just outside the box led to a free kick, and the matches first shot on target. Man of the month, Chicho Arango, put in a great ball that Loon keeper, Tyler Miller, couldn't handle, giving LAFC the lead before the half.
Minnesota stepped it up in the second half, and LAFC were on the back foot most of the time. The Loons began to pepper the goal with chance after chance, and in the 65th minute they received a foul call just outside the box, giving them their best look up until that point. LAFC keeper, Jamal Blackman, did well to keep out the initial attempt, but Osvaldo Alonso was there to send in the rebound, bringing it level at one goal each.
Minnesota did well to close out the match, and did enough to split the points at home. For LAFC, this doesn't mathematically eliminate them from the playoffs, but they now not only need to win out, but need others to drop points going forward. It's time to just win, if for nothing else, to end the season on a high note, but it's not over, until it’s over. They aren't done yet!
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