LAFC Down On Penalties
The Black and Gold welcomed Liga MX side Tigres de UANL to BMO Stadium for another international matchup. The stakes were high as they were facing off for the Campeones Cup. A Cup that crowns the best of North America. LAFC were the reigning MLS Champions while Tigres where the winners of the Campeon de Campeones. However, once again this would be no easy feat for LAFC. Losing the CCL to Leon and losing to Monterrey in the Leagues Cup quarterfinal. SO a victory was a necessity for LAFC.
However, it would be a hard fought match, especially in the midfield. Where both sides were in a deadlock throughout the first 75 minutes. LAFC would also go down a man in the 63rd minute. As Palacios saw red and left the team down a man. Yet it seemed they would take a surprising lead in the 78th minute. As Denis Bouanga looked to have scored the opening goal. Unfortunately due to a rules violation the goal was called off. The ball was apparently still in motion after a free kick was scored. Thus negating the play and denying LAFC a goal. From there the game would end 0-0 and enforcing a penalty shootout.
It looked like it would be all up to the returning Crepeau in the shootout. However, Cherundolo pulled the infamous Louis Van Gaal and substituted in John McCarthy in for Crepeau at the last minute. As a mere nine months ago McCarthy came off the bench to help LAFC win MLS Cup in penalties. Unfortunately the same result would not yield for LAFC. As they went on to lose 4-2 in penalties. Making it a second cup final lost to a Liga MX side this year.
Should There Be Panic
LAFC have lost two major trophies this season to Liga Mx teams. Apart from that they have not played their best football these past two months. While it may seem like Liga Mx’s fingerprints are all over LAFC’s wreckage of a season. That would be incorrect. As the real issue has been the jam packed schedule they have played this year. With a record 44 games this year and yet still another month of the MLS Season is left. Even Cherundolo has agreed that this has been intolerable and unsustainable. With fatigue setting in, it has been the main culprit as to why LAFC has only won once in their previous seven matchups. So no, there should be reason for LAFC fans to panic as they must understand the exhaustiveness this team is dealing with. So those calling for Cherundolo’s head need to stop with that nonsense as he has managed this club to the best of his ability. LAFC can make this a bittersweet week if they defeat Real Salt Lake. A win will secure an MLS Playoff spot for the Black and Gold.