LAFC maintained their five match unbeaten streak after drawing 1-1 with the New England Revolution at the Banc of California Stadium.
“I didn’t like the way we managed the game after we took the lead,” Bob Bradley told media after the draw.
“Tyler (Miller) kept us in the game for a while but eventually, if you’re not doing more football wise, you pay the price.”
This draw keeps LAFC firmly in third place in the Western Conference standings. However, three points could have got them within a point of second and just two points out of first.
The long international break helped Bob Bradley and the squad. Danilo Silva returned and slotted next to Walker Zimmerman. Benny Feilhaber replaced Andre Horta, while Lee Nguyen got his 200th career MLS start.
Carlos Vela went on the attack early. He had his first attempt blocked, in the fifth minute, before seeing his second one saved with ease.
The Mexican international began a break 19 minutes into the contest and fed Marco Urena with a deft pass. Urena, though, took too wide of an angle before sending his shot into the side netting.
LAFC piled on pressure during the closing stages of the opening half. The 20-year-old Diego Rossi drove towards the net, but the Revolution goalkeeper came off his line to cut down the angle.
The New England shot stopper, Brad Knighton came up big twice in first half stoppage time to keep things level. Urena saw his shot blocked before Rossi had another attempt palmed away from danger.
LAFC strike first
It only took seven minutes after the restart for LAFC to take a lead. On the counterattack, LAFC had a couple of opportunities to hit the target before the Costa Rican Urena opened the scoring.
Three minutes after finding the first goal, Tyler Miller made a stop with his right leg to keep his clean sheet. Miller made two more stops in the span of 13 minutes to keep his side in the match.
“They do a tremendous job each game,” Miller said afterwards.
“For them to chant my name is an honor and I don’t take it for granted because I know how much they pay for their season tickets and to come watch us play, so it means a lot.”
New England answer late
New England finally found a way past Miller in the 82nd minute and the goal had been coming. Teal Bunbury raced down towards the byline before floating a dangerous ball into the area.
Then, Brandon Bye made a run to get onto the end of the cross and headed his attempt past the LAFC goalkeeper.
LAFC continue their home stand next Saturday afternoon. They welcome in the San Jose Earthquakes, with kick off scheduled for 12:30 PM.