LAFC put itself in a hole in its Concacaf
Champions League debut, dropping a 2-0 decision at Mexico's Leon after gifting the Esmeraldas a second goal late in the game on a horrible turnover.
LAFC fell behind on a goal by Jean Meneses in the 21st minute but seemed to have held off Leon, which missed a slew of close-range chances until the 88th minute when Mohamed El-Munir coughed up the ball, allowing Angel Mena to beat goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer from close range.
Vermeer was one of three players to make their LAFC debuts along with Uruguayan U-23 Francisco Ginella, a starter in midfield, and 18-year-old American Bryce Duke, who was the first player off the bench, replacing Mark-Anthony Kaye in the 62nd minute.
Feb. 18 in Leon
Leon 2 LAFC 0. Goals: Meneses 21, Mena 88.
Leon -- Cota, Navarro, Gonzalez, Barreiro, Tesillo, Meneses, J.Rodriguez, Montes (Zamora 89), Aquino (Ramos, 63), Mena, Sosa (Cardona, 87).
LAFC -- Vermeer, Blackmon, Jakovic, Segura, Palacios (El-Munir 68), B.Rodriguez, Rossi (Perez 76), Ginella, Blessing, Kaye (Duke 62), Vela.