Houston Dynamo scored twice deep into added time on Tuesday to come back and draw 2-2 with LAFC.
“We got a little careless and didn’t finish the job, but those are lessons that we can learn from,” Bob Bradley said afterwards.
Bradley made three changes from his starting lineup against the Philadelphia Union. He opted for Aaron Kovar on the right flank. Bradley also started Jordan Harvey and Tristan Blackmon at left and right back respectively.
LAFC Start on Right Foot
Once the weather delay was over, which lasted about an hour and a half, LAFC stormed out of the gates. Latif Blessing, who scored the last goal against Philadelphia, opened the scoring in the fifth minute in Houston.
Adama Diomande tracked back slightly to receive a pass, turned quickly, and sent Blessing sprinting in behind the Dynamo defense. At full sprint, Blessing hit the through ball first-time with his right foot and slotted it past a diving Joe Willis.
Diomande Providing for Team
It took an hour and six minutes for LAFC to find their second goal of the night. Tyler Miller came off his line to wildly clear the ball deep down field. Diomande got on the end of the ball and slipped Mark-Anthony Kaye through, who made no mistake with his well-taken goal.
Last week, the Norwegian striker scored his club’s first ever hat trick. Against Houston, he turned provider and set up his teammates for both goals. His unselfishness is what really stands out. Diomande has mentioned before that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team. He showed that mentality on Tuesday.
“Diomande had a physical game; he was still involved in good situations in the second half that I ultimately think could have led to goals,” Bradleys said.
Houston Comes Back
For all of his deserved plaudits in recent matches, it was Diomande who lost possession in stoppage time. DaMarcus Beasley thumped the ball towards Mauro Manotas. The 22-year-old Colombian brought the pass down with his chest and stepped around Laurent Ciman. Mantos was then able to cut LAFC’s lead in half with one strike of the ball.
Houston won a corner in the last minute of the match. The ball was sent into a dangerous area and deflected towards the back post. Philippe Senderos slashed at it with his left foot, it bounced off of Kaye, and found the back of the net.
“We continue to get better in so many ways, I mean we had stretches in the first half where our possession was really good.
The first goal, again excellent regarding the buildup and the way we create the chance. I will always be hard on the group for a time like in the second half,” Bradley said on his takeaways.
LAFC are back at it again on Saturday afternoon at Banc of California Stadium. This time, they welcome in Orlando City SC, with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 PM.