The Los Angeles Football Club nearly walked away with all three points Saturday night at Banc of California Stadium, but a late equalizer by New England Revolution defender Brandon Bye brought the final score to 1-1. LAFC is now unbeaten in five games, with its last loss coming more than a month ago on Aug. 11 at home against Sporting Kansas City.
The first half was relatively even between both sides, as LAFC and New England took their time trying to figure out their opponent. This meeting was the first ever match between the two sides. However, midfielder Lee Nguyen was traded from New England earlier this season, and was able to get the start against his former club tonight.
The second half held much more action on both sides of the field, as the teams began finding more goalscoring opportunities, beginning with an early goal from LAFC. Multiple attackers took their shots, only to be deflected time and again by New England defenders. Marco Ureña found the ball at his feet and ended up finding the back of the net for the first time this season after nutmegging defender Antonio Delamea on the play.
The remainder of the second half included a goalkeeping clinic by LAFC keeper Tyler Miller, who was credited with seven saves on the evening.
In the 82nd minute, Miller wasn’t able to make the save on the header from defender Brandon Bye, who earned his first professional goal. Revolution midfielder Teal Bunbury crossed the ball in from just inside the 18-yard box and Bye’s run was perfectly timed for him to jump up and head it into the net.
The two sides traded several dangerous opportunities after New England’s goal, but neither side could break through.
Looking ahead, LAFC has only six matches remaining in the 2018 regular season, the next of which is Saturday at home against the San Jose Earthquakes. LAFC sits in third place in the Western Conference standings with 47 points, only four points out of first place and seven points clear of the playoff cut line.