The Los Angeles Football Club keeps evolving yearly and wants to improve. So far, 2023 has been excellent for LAFC; the club’s value is one billion dollars, the stadium name changed to BMO stadium, and the first team remains undefeated in the 2023 MLS season. LAFC has its own reserve team, LAFC2, and played yesterday in a 1-0 loss against North Texas SC at the Titan Stadium.
Although the club, in general, keeps growing, it wasn’t a perfect Sunday evening for the reserve team, But it’s a start to a new journey since it’s their first-ever game, and there is room for improvement.
Going into the game, it was a rough first 15 minutes for LAFC2, with North Texas adding pressure up high early on. North Texas’s game plan paid off, recovering the ball in LAFC’s own third. Forward Bernard Kamungo assists Hope Avayevu for the first and only goal.
As time passed, things got worse for LAFC2 when defender Noah Dollenmayer got sent off for receiving two yellow cards. LAFC2 managed to play better, although the team was down to ten men.
In the last minute, LAFC2 would have a chance to equalize in the 90th minute from a penalty spot, but Jeremi Rodriguez missed his chance to save the team.
Room For Improvement
LAFC2 may have lost the opening game, but it’s not the end, as there is plenty of time to recover, develop and concentrate on the next match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. The young Black and Gold are learning and getting the experience to become better in the future and join the first team soon.
“I have the feeling we struggled in the first 15 mins, the physicality from N. Texas created problems for us. After 20 mins, we began to move the ball faster, allowing us to create chances,” said LAFC2 coach Enrique Duan. “In the second half we were unlucky with Noah’s second yellow, putting us in a bad spot but the group fought and made me proud of how the team behaved in the second half.”
LAFC 2 will be back this coming Sunday when they welcome Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at 7:00 p.m. All LAFC2 matches are available on Apple TV through MLS Season Pass.