The Los Angeles Football Club has performed poorly in the last few weeks. After a painful defeat against Leon at the BMO Stadium, LAFC hasn’t been the same.
LAFC drew to Atlanta United 0-0 following a humiliating 0-4 defeat against Houston Dynamo last Saturday. Dynamo players Nelson Giovanny Quiñónes Iturre, Amine Bassi, Franco Escobar, and Corey Baird’s goals were enough to get the three points.
As for LAFC, since losing the final against Leon, the Black, and Gold lost form, and their heads dropped. This means other teams will smell LAFC’s lack of winning mentality and have the advantage to win.
The Reason for LAFC’s Decline
LAFC losing the final is a significant factor because the team goal all along was to win the CONCACAF Champions League and failed. Since LAFC didn’t win it, the pain of the defeat will affect the performance of the players and the manager in the long run.
The club did everything to get to the final during the knockout rounds. LAFC postponed their MLS games to train and have days off to focus on the biggest prize. They rested their best players in the U.S. Open Cup versus Galaxy, which LAFC lost. Since failing, the Black and Gold lost two games and scored none.
If this continues, LAFC will have trouble defending the MLS Cup and must step up to protect it. Both players and the manager, Steven Cherundolo, must take the pain out of their chest and concentrate on the next game against Houston Dynamo.
Will LAFC Rise Again?
Let’s remember LAFC has a team to beat any MLS team. LAFC must get back to basics and play like they used to. Cherundolo must set up the team as he used to and players like Vela and co to perform again.
Not only the players and manager but the board members also have to make signings in the summer. LAFC has a first eleven, but squad depth is needed, and there is space for a big player to join the team. Roberto Firmino is an option to bring to the team; defenders are required.
The next few games against Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver Whitecaps will determine if LAFC is back to winning ways.