LAFC played to a 2-2 draw with New York City FC at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday night. Here is LAFC’s report card, with Carlos Vela and Latif Blessing coming out on top.
LAFC Goalkeeper Report Card
Tyler Miller: B
LAFC’s starting goalkeeper performed admirably, especially considering how often his 18-yard-box was under siege. For the most part, Miller showed leadership inside the area. He took crosses and set pieces well, hardly ever flapping wildly at balls sent his way.
LAFC Defenders Report Card
Steven Beitashour: C+
If there is one word to describe Beitashour’s performance it’s meh. The left back was extremely average and did not even complete the full 90 minutes. He completed only 77% of his passes, according to whoscored.com, which was one of the lost of the night.
Laurent Ciman: B
At 1-1, the Belgian hit a wicked ball off a free kick. His attempted deflected off the back of a defender, forcing it off the post of the goal. Ciman was also the best defender on the pitch. He worked tirelessly in his own third of the pitch, defending multiple attackers and putting in some great tackles too.
Walker Zimmerman: B-
The biggest contributions from Zimmerman occurred on the offensive side of the ball. Zimmerman was a key component off corners and free kicks, his head also lead to the own goal from Sebastien Ibeagha.
Omar Gaber: B
Gaber put in a good shift on the right side of the pitch. He defended well and combined nicely with Latif Blessing on overlapping moves.
LAFC Midfield Players Report Card
Benny Feilhaber: C
Take a look at Feilhaber’s numbers in midfield. They are not great. He was dispossessed five times, was dribbled past twice, and completed just 81% of a his passes. As a midfielder, those aren’t the kind of numbers you want to have that’s for sure.
Eduard Atuesta: C-
This is a match the youngster will certainly like to forget. Atuesta played the role of the culprit when he gave away the penalty kick. Then, later in the first half, he picked up a yellow card too. Let’s hope that he turns this into a learning experience and comes out with a sharper frame of mind.
LAFC Attacking Players Report Card
Mark-Anthony Kaye: B
Kaye is coming into his own under Bob Bradley. The broadcast talked about his path into Major League Soccer and how much he’s grown in the process. It showed against one of the league’s better teams. He was calm when in possession and always looked to make the right play while on the ball.
Carlos Vela: B+
The Mexican international briefly took the lead for the hosts in the second half. It was a well-taken goal too. New York City’s defense was scrambling trying to clear their lines; they didn’t. That lead to Vela to force a cool, calm, and composed shot to go into the back of the net.
Latif Blessing: B+
Latif Blessing was energetic once more in the attacking third of the pitch. While he never tested Sean Johnson, his pace opened up the opposition back four, which was a vital part of LAFC’s plan.
Diego Rossi: B-
His teammates tried multiple times to get the forward involved in the attack. But seemingly each time, Rossi did not do much with the attempts that came his way. Rossi had four total shots, three of them were blocked and one was off target.