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LAFC lament slow start during 1-0 road loss to Colorado Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Despite out-shooting and out-possessing their opponents through the course of 90 minutes, Los Angeles Football Club suffered just its second defeat of the 2019 on Saturday night, falling 1-0 to the surging Colorado Rapids.

After the match, coach Bob Bradley and his players pointed to a slow tempo and inability to find answers offensively as the reasons behind their latest defeat.

“On the night, we weren’t sharp,” Bradley said postgame. “Our tempo was way too slow. We did put more into it after the weather break. But when we needed to make a play, we came up short all night.”

LAFC was held scoreless in the first half – marking just the fifth time this season the Black and Gold have been shutout in an opening stanza. Those matches include the team’s lone defeats, 1-0 results against Vancouver and Colorado.

“We played a really slow tempo,” LAFC defender Jordan Harvey said. “We played into their hands. They dropped off and encouraged that. It was just a lethargic pace.”

Despite holding 64 percent possession in the opening half, LAFC was held to just two shots, with none on-frame.

In the second half, Colorado took advantage and scored on a set piece with Danny Wilson’s 49th minute header, but an hour rain delay helped the visitors find their groove again.

“We were patient in our buildup but moved the ball quickly and you saw some good chances,” Harvey continued.

Bradley also opted to make changes, substituting Adrian Perez into the match after the delay. Perez nearly drew LAFC level with his doorstep opportunity in the 71st minute, but the effort was well over the mark.

“He did well,” defender Triston Blackmon said of his teammate’s effort. “He’s obviously mad about the chance that he didn’t score. But everyone in the team needs to keep pushing to get better. He shouldn’t worry about it.”

With the second game of a two-match road trip looming in Wednesday night’s match against Sporting Kansas City, LAFC will look to tune things up to return to winning form.

Said Harvey, “It’s a different team, a different style of play, so we’ll have to get back to the drawing board and see what we can do to combat that. I think, in training, we’ll just get back to what we do best. This game tonight isn’t a reflection of how we’ve been training, which is difficult.”

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