LAFC drew 1-1 with the Seattle Sounders in the second game of the 2021 Major League Soccer season. The Angelenos were without their Designated Players, Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi due to injury. Vela was placed on the list of absences due to the health and safety protocols mandated by the MLS, so the coach Bob Bradley clarified the situation of the Mexican forward.
“Carlos (Vela) could not take the mandatory COVID-19 test prior to the game due to a family situation, but regardless of whether the test could have been done or not, he had not trained alongside his teammates in the week and did not he was 100 percent to be able to play. It’s a minor situation with the quadriceps, ”coach Bob Bradley said at the end of the game.
Regarding the development of the game, Eduard Atuesta opened the scoring for the Angelenos with a goal from a free kick that went under the barrier. The Colombian midfielder’s goal was the fastest goal in LAFC history at 1:25 minutes into the game. Previously, the fastest goal for the Los Angeles franchise had been on September 23, 2020 in the victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, when Dejan Jakovic he scored in minute 1:36 of the match.
“It’s very special, I didn’t know it was the fastest goal. The sense of belonging to this team is strong, you feel with great affection everything that is done in the club because we have been from the beginning, since the club was formed, ”shared Eduard Atuesta, who wore the captain’s badge in the absence of Candle.
Seattle Sounders got the tie at minute 54 ‘with a header from Brad Smith as a result of a counterattack after the rejection of Pablo Sisniega, who had avoided a first contact from Raúl Ruidiaz.
“It is a very great rivalry, it is another classic that we have. I love playing against Seattle because it is one of the best teams in the league, it is always there fighting titles and important things and it is always good to play against the best in the league, “said Atuesta. “I try to play these games one hundred percent because he is a great rival. The three points escaped us, but it was a good game considering that we had important losses in the attack part ”.
2021 will be a year of change for LAFC, with several major players finalizing contracts at the end of the season, including Eduard Atuesta. In the week, coach Bob Bradley said they were close to reaching an agreement for the renewal of Atuesta. For now, the 23-year-old is committed and psyched up with the aurinegros.
“Europe is not all Premier League, the greats of Spain or Italy, it also has places that for me would not be to advance in my career and I have to see that kind of thing. Yes it is a dream that I have the power to advance in my career. With LAFC I have to be grateful, try to reach an agreement, give him the first option. We are going to see how the negotiation ends, I hope that we are all happy and things are for the common good ”, shared Atuesta in this regard.
For this game, Bob Bradley presented adjustments in his formation with respect to the previous one, instead of his usual 4-4-3. In defense, he debuted Marco Farfán on the left side before the loss of Tristan Blackmon due to health protocols. In midfield, he sent four players with Jose Cifuentes starting with Atuesta, Mark Anthony-Kaye Y Latif Blessing, while the attack made it up to Corey Baird Y Mahala Opoku.
The next game for LAFC will be visiting the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Bob Bradley hopes to have both Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela back in training this week before the match against Houston.