The 3252 Breakdown - Portland
Disappointing loss for Los Angeles Football Club, but the sky is not falling in on us. Let’s breakdown the game with our 3252 breakdown.
3 THINGS THAT WENT WELL AGAINIST PORTLAND
1.Stayed aggressive all game. Even though we went down at the beginning of the second half, we didn’t collapse under the pressure and continued with their game plan, trying to attack Portland from the wings.
2.LAFC scrambling ability throughout the game was great. There were many times throughout the game when Portland had more bodies in the box, just waiting for the ball to reach their foot. LAFC would throw bodies into the box, just trying to stop the ball reaching Portland players.
3.LAFC’s tackling, especially when a Timber’s player had a ton of space. There were a few times in which the Timbers should have had an open shot at net or an open breakaway chance, but an LAFC player would execute a perfect tackle and thwart the situation. LAFC tacking was key at keeping Portland at bay and allowed us to stay in the game.
2 THINGS WE NEED TO WORK ON
1.Creating passing lanes. The first 20 minutes of the game was awful. LAFC were just holding onto the ball, but no one was making runs off the ball. We were only attacking from the wings at the beginning of the game, so the lack of runs in the middle of the pitch was killing our attacking ability. Portland just kept on pressuring Rossi and Blessing and they just kept on coughing up the ball.
2.Lack of shots. I don’t know what it is about artificial turf, but we suck on it. We didn’t play well in Seattle, Atlanta, and now Portland. We must not be used to the pace of the ball, but we are always *just* missing balls through the middle. We only had 10 shots, 5 of those were on target, our second lowest for the season.
5 KEY MOMENTS
1.Blessing misses an open goal. Again. I hate writing that sentence two weeks in a row.
2.Vela’s wonder goal. Vela created the opportunity by himself, placing the team back onto his back.
3.Does a LAFC game happen if there isn’t a goal line clearance? Again, when the game is still tied at 1 all, Portland finds a way to get the ball to the back post off a corner, but Harvey is there to stop the ball from going into the net.
4.That Portland winner in the 80th minute. Zimmerman starts out stride for stride against Samuel Armenteros, but Zimmerman loses him when he cuts inside. Miller was in good position for that shot, but just simply couldn’t stop the strike. Sometimes, you have to just lower your head and say “Yep, that was a good goal”.
5.The change of our shape once we made our substitutions between the 60th and 75th minutes. We changed into a more attacking minded play, and put Portland onto their heels a few times, mainly when we were going for the 2-2 equalizer. It’s pretty obvious that it should be our normal shape and hopefully Bradley will remember that going forward.
2 PLAYERS OF THE MATCH
1.The birthday boy, Walker Zimmerman. Zimmerman closed up lanes, pushed Portland players off the ball, and helped block a lot of shots from the middle of the box. Zimmerman has been getting better and better each game, which has been great to see.
2.Jordan Harvey. Also had a solid day on the backline. Had the most tackles, clearances, and tackles on the day. Harvey has been pretty solid all year, and it was nice to see him do it again in a pressure situation.
Overall, LAFC is going to be okay. We still sit in second place in the West and have a really fun week ahead of us as we come back home. Players need to rest up, and hopefully we will be ready to go come next Saturday when we play lowly DC United. Cheers fam, stay golden!
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