LAFC fell on the road to the Portland Timbers on Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-1. Bob Bradley did make a switch in formation to a 3-4-3. Maybe it’s time to put that tactical idea to rest? Here is the LAFC report card against the Portland Timbers.
Goalkeeper LAFC Report Card
Tyler Miller: B-
Miller had an up and down game for LAFC. He looked decent in stretches of play, but a mistake led to the first goal of the day.
Defense LAFC Report Card
Laurent Ciman: B-
Ciman had a pretty average game for a central defender. He made a couple of good clearances and was better when on the ball, completing 90% of his passes.
Walker Zimmerman: B
Zimmerman was the highest rated defender according to whoscored.com. It certainly looked that way with the eye test as well. He won seven areal duels and had a pass completion percent of 90%.
Dejan Jaković: B-
The Croatian-born defender had a solid night. He never really had his name called, which as a defender is what you are looking for.
Midfield LAFC Report Card
Jordan Harvey: B
We called for Jordan Harvey to start in the LAFC tactical preview and Bradley dutifully obliged. And Harvey, the hardened veteran, did not disappoint.
Benny Feilhaber: C
Feilhaber wasn’t quite as poor as Beitashour and he certainly improved from the match prior. However, the midfielder could still improve his passing game, as he needs to get the attack moving more.
Mark-Anthony Kaye: C-
The youngster wasn’t at his best against Portland Saturday afternoon. He was tested in the middle of the pitch, going up against Diego Chara. The experience and quickness of Chara won the day for the Timbers in that tactical battle.
Steven Beitashour: D+
I thought it was impossible for Beitashour to have a worse game. But against Portland, his performance warranted a benching.
Forward LAFC Report Card
Latif Blessing: B-
On the 30th minute, Blessing should have put LAFC ahead, as he went around the PTFC goalkeeper. He lacked composure though, hitting the side netting. Blessing’s speed was on display once more, completing 75% of his dribbles against the opposition.
Diego Rossi: C
Did Rossi play? Once again, the young striker failed to show up on the big stage. The one thing Rossi does have going for him is time. But how much time is Bradley willing to give his talented forward? Is there another option out there in the mean time? One that has a knack for goal perhaps?
Carlos Vela: B+
The Mexican international scored on his only attempt on goal of the afternoon, and boy was it a beaut. Vela’s magical left foot scooped the ball with an ease that most could only dream of.
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But that wasn’t what was impressive about him against Portland. Vela’s vision was off the charts as well, completing two key passes and 87% of his total passes.