It’s almost comical to see how Sporting can allow goals. LAFC went ahead 1-0 in the first half on a free kick just outside the keeper box. Sporting had a line of defenders between the ball and the goal. However, the Sporting players jumped on the kick but the kick was on the ground. It went under the Sporting players and into the net.
Sporting was aggressive attacking LAFC when they possessed the ball. The idea was to not give LAFC a chance to possess the ball with an opportunity to make a comfortable play. Sporting was willing to take down their opponent rather than get beat. That led to three yellow cards in the first half.
Watching these two teams it’s clear that Los Angeles is the better team and it’s not close. They looked quicker and more talented than Sporting. Sporting looked like a U-14 team trying to stay in a game against a U-17 team. Sporting’s pressure didn’t seem to affect Los Angeles but LAFC’s pressure made Sporting very uncomfortable.
Twice in the second half LAFC had the ball near the top of the keeper box when Sporting did not attack the ball but tried to lay back. Both times LAFC players made a move towards the middle of the field and fired shots by Tim Melia.
Sporting had a penalty kick with under ten minutes to play but couldn’t convert. Daniel Salloi took the shot but it was a poor attempt easily saved by the LAFC keeper.
Yohan Croizet scored a goal just a couple of minutes after Sporting’s missed penalty kick. Croizet made a run down the middle of the field a touched it once past the LAFC keeper who came out to stop the play.
LAFC scored two easy goals late in the game to go up 5-1.
Regardless of the spin, Sporting did not play well. You don’t lose 5-1 playing well.