LAFC came into this match with one thing in mind, winning. On the brink of three straight losses, and hosting a Portland Timbers team that got the win just two weeks ago, the black and gold were looking for a critical three points in the playoff chase. It was not to be, as Portland did enough for yet another 2-1 win over LAFC.
With everything on the line, LAFC came out strong in the first half. Doing well to control the pace and flow of the match, and even came away with a few really good chances via the debutant, Michee Ngalina. Unfortunately, not only did LAFC fail to convert their chances, but a moment of brilliance from Portland to end the half put them into the lead going into the halftime break.
There it is! Yimmi Chara scores the opener to give @TimbersFC the lead out of nothing. #RCTID pic.twitter.com/hhLd0lpLPV— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 30, 2021
LAFC came out for the second half, much like the first. Strong. They were looking for the equalizer, and they found it in the 55th minute. Super sub, Danny Musovski, came into the match, and put the ball into the back of the net, getting on the end of an excellent thorough ball.
When you give a Moose a through-ball. #LAFCvPOR 1-1 pic.twitter.com/rbuGibOJhF— LAFC (@LAFC) September 30, 2021
Portland didn't waste any time in responding, taking back the lead just minutes after LAFC equalized. Dairon Asprilla followed up a shot that hit off the post, and put in a rocket for the lead.
Mora hits the post ❌— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 30, 2021
Asprilla hits the back of the net ✅ pic.twitter.com/XzdpHHcqoP
Asprilla’s goal was enough for a Timbers win, as they once again defeated LAFC, 2-1. The loss drops LAFC back down to ninth in the standings, with playoffs still very much a possibility. If they want to realize that possibility, they will need to start winning, now. It doesn't get easier for the black and gold, as they travel across town to face the LA Galaxy this Sunday. No more cliches, excuses, or missed opportunities allowed, if the playoffs are the goal, the wins need to come, now.
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