Los Angeles FC – Atlanta United: LAFC Hold on in Seven-Goal Thriller (4-3)
Fifteen minutes of woeful Atlanta United defending proved enough for Los Angeles FC to pick up all three points. Using impressive rotations in attacking transitions, LAFC were capable of progressing the ball through Atlanta’s compact defense in a game that showcased both team’s strengths and weaknesses.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
With the doors still closed in the European leagues, as well as countless amounts of teams coming over to play their pre-seasons, MLS is one of the biggest leagues to continue in the crazy world that is football. With ever more high-level footballers and the quality of football rapidly improving, eyes are fixated on MLS like never before.
Los Angeles FC top the table in the Western Conference, seven points ahead of Philadelphia Union, having two games in hand. Experienced manager Bob Bradley has often lined up his team in a 4-3-3 formation, with a strong, flexible midfield and a false nine A striker that constantly drops deep and plays like a number ten. dropping back from the forward line. LAFC are capable of feeding their attackers very, very well, something which has benefitted veteran striker Carlos Vela who has hit the net an impressive 21 times going into this game.
Atlanta United sit second in the Eastern Conference after recovering from a rather poor season opening. Although he had another difficult start at a new club, Frank de Boer was given time and he now boasts a healthy record so far in Georgia. However, after last year’s dominance, Atlanta have slipped from the heights Gerardo “Tata” Martino had them reach. De Boer . . .