At least LAFC didn't wait until the very end to leave us all heartbroken.
Instead, Wednesday’s 4-1 loss against Sporting Kansas City at The Banc was all but decided by the end of the first half. With first place in the West at their fingertips, Sporting KC came out swinging, and didn't stop.
The first goal came just under the 20 minute mark. Tomas Romero came off his line to defend the initial ball towards the box, only to crash into SKC attacker Khiry Shelton, leaving him helpless to prevent Alan Pulido from scooping it up and giving his side the lead.
Just several minutes later, Luis Martins got himself on the score sheet, doubling the lead for the visitors. LAFC defender Marco Farfan couldn't close down on the pass in time, and nobody picked up Martins on the delayed run, leaving him just enough time to put on a shot that found the back of the net.
The third, and final goal of the half came courtesy of Daniel Salloi. The attacker found acres of space in the box, and got the perfect pass into the box he needed. His ninth goal of the season sent Sporting KC into the half with a comfortable lead.
The second half was a bit of a mixed bag for the black-and-gold. While it wasn't great they gave up a fourth goal in the 58th minute, courtesy of Gadi Kinda, they were able to limit Sporting to just one on the half. They were also able to avoid the shutout in the 83rd minute, with substitute Danny Musovski putting it past the keeper.
The loss makes it four straight without a win for LAFC, as they pack up for a three-game road trip. First up, the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. With such a short turnaround, this is the type of match you just write off as being outperformed and make sure it doesn't happen again.
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