Rossi scores late goal to secure 2-2 draw with Orlando City

Diego Rossi scored a late goal to secure a 2-2 tie for LAFC against Orlando City SC on the road. However, with this draw, LAFC has now dropped points in each of their previous three matches.

While LAFC continues to run away from the rest of the Western Conference standings, their edge in the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings is slightly shrinking. 

However, they still have a 10 point advantage over New York City FC, who have won their last five matches. With six matches remaining, LAFC will need to be on top of their game if they want to clinch the top spot in MLS.

There were a few changes made to the LAFC starting lineup by Bob Bradley. Josh Perez and Adrien Perez both got the nod in Bradley’s 4-2-3-1 formation. In defense, Tristian Blackmon moved back to the center back position, while Steven Beitashour returned to his regular right-back role. 

LAFC open the scoring, but give up two quick goals

The visiting side got on the board quickly, finding the back of the net after only 12 minutes had eclipsed. 

LAFC started the move by playing a corner short. Adrien Perez laid the ball off to Lee Nguyen, who moved closer to the byline. Nguyen tried to pass the ball back through the middle of the area, but it was deflected by Lamine Sane. 

Then, LAFC’s defense fell asleep shortly afterward, giving up two goals in the span of seven minutes.

Immediately after the restart, Cristian Higuaita tried to play a through ball straight down the middle of the LAFC center backs. The pass deflected off of Latif Blessing and found its way towards Nani. Tyler Miller came off his line to try and cut down the angle, but the veteran winger chipped Miller with ease.

Orlando’s second goal came through a well-worked team goal that involved Nani once more. He sliced an inch-perfect pass through the channel towards Ruan. The Brazilian hit a low first-time cross through the middle of the area where Benji Michel slid to poke the ball behind Miller.

The 21-year-old Uruguayan raced from the right-back towards the middle of the pitch. He found Adama Diomande at the edge of the box, spun, and played the ball right back towards the winger. Rossi raced in behind the Orlando defense and was able to beat Brian Rowe to level the match.   

Next Up

LAFC continue their east coast road swing next Saturday when they take on the Philadelphia Union.

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