LAFC Draws in Epic Battle Against Philadelphia Union

Los Angeles Football Club drew against Philadelphia Union  3-3, Sunday night, in an epic battle at Banc of California Stadium. Philadelphia Union took the lead on three occasions, but the Black and Gold responded back within minutes every time. 

Even Contest For Both Teams 

As the game started, both teams were very even in the opening stages. Philadelphia Union were on the front foot several times for portions of the clash. LAFC grew into the game slowly and caused problems in the midfield. Forward Diego Rossi got on the score sheet, but the referee caught him clearly offside. After a good start from the home team, Philadelphia Union began to put pressure and attacked well. LAFC began to defend sloppy during the game and that led for the Union to find a break in 30 minutes.

Philadelphia Union took the lead through striker Sergio Santos who baged his first Union goal with a stunning curler. Ten minutes later LAFC stood up when Carlos Vela scored his 50th goal in the MLS with a curling free kick.

Entertaining Second Half Battle

After a decent first half, the Union retook the lead just three minutes into the second half. Union center back Jakob Giesnes notched an absolute rocket from 40 yards past LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer. But, LAFC immediately made it 2-2 when Rossi curled a right footed shot to the far post.

In the 69th minute, Philadelphia Union retook the lead yet again through midfielder Brenden Aaronson. The youngster was alone in the center of the box and scored his first career goal with the Union. Following the night’s rollercoaster-like pattern, LAFC once again got the equalizer, this time was center back Eddie Segura. His deflected effort ricocheted in following a scramble from a corner kick. In the last ten minutes goalkeeper Andre Blake kept the Union alive with two great saves. After the final whistle the game ended as one of the most entertaining matches so far.

“Fast game a lot of transition we created a lot of chances but in moments when we needed to be more precise and find the smart ways to slow the game down,” Said Bob Bradley the coach of Los Angeles Football Club “Take time to make sure that you get a play right we were not good enough of those ways and it never good to give up three goals.”

What’s Next?

Jesus Manriquez
Carlos Vela scores his 50th MLS goal since arriving to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Football Club must now focus on a CONCACAF Champions League match when they receive Cruz Azul who are on top of the Liga MX table. The match willl take place Thursday, Mar.12, at Banc of California Stadium. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Union will play their season-opener against the San Jose Earthquakes Mar.14.

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