LAFC finished their preseason game slate on Saturday with another meeting against the New England Revolution at Banc of California Stadium. This game went largely the same way, with LAFC coming back late to notch a draw, this time a 3-3 between the teams.
Eddie Segura seemed to be a central figure on the day, as a miscue in the opening minutes led to the Revs’ opening goal, before the Colombian scored the equalizer in the 84th minute.
LAFC opened the game with Mark-Anthony Kaye and Kenneth Vermeer starting, but otherwise the same XI that played last week against New England.
The Revolution once again went with a strong XI, as they’ve been doing in their entire swing against the Los Angeles teams in preseason.
Today’s Starting XI: Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Bye, Polster, Maciel, Gil, Buchanan, Bou, Buksa#NERevs— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) April 10, 2021
As mentioned, a defensive lapse from Segura led to the opening goal, with Adam Buksa capitalizing just two minutes in to give New England the 1-0 lead. In the 7th minute, Adam Polster scored the second for the Revs, with Bob Bradley telling reporters after the game that LAFC struggled on the press in the early minutes.
LAFC’s forward line connected for the home team’s first goal, with Carlos Vela sending the ball up to Corey Baird, who then centered the ball to Diego Rossi to tap in.
The teams went into the break with the score 2-1 in favor of New England, and LAFC found their first equalizer just before the hour mark, with Vela scoring while being dragged down.
But Carles Gil scored to give the Revs another lead, just three minutes later, the Spaniard scoring a penalty kick.
Pablo Sisniega replaced Vermeer in goal at the hour mark, with Bradley saying the goalkeeper position remains up in the air heading into the season.
Jose Cifuentes and Kwadwo Opoku entered the game in the 69th minute, replacing Kaye and Baird. And Marco Farfan played starting in the 83rd minute, for Diego Palacios.
And then Segura scored the equalizer a minute later, to make it 3-3, with an acrobatic finish off a free kick.
Three minutes later, Eduard Atuesta was sent off.
That’s the final announced tune-up for LAFC ahead of next Saturday’s season opener at home against Austin FC. The attackers are scoring but the defense is also letting in goals, but it’s also really hard to calibrate because it’s preseason and against the same opponent twice. But that’s that in terms of prep and we’ll see how the black-and-gold look in the real games starting next week.
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