For the second time this
season, LAFC went into halftime with a 2-0 lead against the LA Galaxy and could not hold on.
In March, the expansion team later led 3-0 and ended up losing, 4-3, in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's memorable debut (two goals off the bench) for the Galaxy.
On Thursday night, it was not as bad but still it hurt. LAFC led 2-0 until the 82nd minute and then had to settle for a 2-2 tie that featured a memorable debut by LAFC midfielder Andre Horta (for all the wrong reasons).
The Galaxy scored twice in four minutes, the first from Romain Alessandrini and second from Ola Kamara -- after a 40-yard backpass from Horta straight to Kamara.
“Let’s not let the whole discussion just turn into a poor back pass at 2-1,” said LAFC coach Bob Bradley. “[We had] chances to get to three, which on a night like tonight would have been very important.”
In another crazy El Trafico, it hurt even more for LAFC that keeper Tyler Miller had made a brilliant save on Kamara minutes before the Norwegian scored, and it had two players hit the woodwork late in the game -- first Adama Diomande in the 76th minute and then Horta, the goat, in stoppage time.
“We have ourselves to blame again,”
said Bradley. “If our football continues in the right way, if we still make the right passes, the right choices, we get the third goal.”
Bradley wasn't going to blame Horta, the 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder playing his first MLS game. LAFC agreed to a deal with Benfica for Horta, but he had to finish out the Portuguese league season on loan at Braga and therefore couldn't be used until the summer transfer window opened.
“Andre Horta is going to be a very very good player for us,” Bradley said of his young DP. “I feel very bad for him tonight.”