Alan Pulido key to Sporting KC home win against LAFC

The Mexican international scored his sixth goal of the 2021 Major League Soccer regular season in Sporting KC’s 2-1 victory against Los Angeles FC.

Alan Pulido key to Sporting KC home win against LAFC
Denny Medley USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles FC is having a hard time playing away from the Banc of California stadium and they haven’t won a road game during the 2021 Major League Soccer season. On Saturday, LAFC lost 2-1 against Sporting Kansas City at the Children’s Mercy Park for week nine of the MLS regular season.

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Carlos Vela started on the bench

The LAFC boss Bob Bradley decided to sit Carlos Vela for the game against Sporting KC and in the 24th minute Kim Moon-hwan scored the game opener and his first in Major League Soccer. It seemed like the ‘Black & Gold’ were heading into their first road win and Bradley decided to bring in Carlos Vela into the game in the 57th minute in hopes he would extend the lead.

It is the third game in a week and obviously when we talk about Carlos [Vela] we all felt very good about the minutes he has been playing. So today when we spoke without people we decided to cut his minutes, but that is not an excuse because we have to make sure that the competition we have during the week shows during the game,” said Bradley.

But things went south one minute later when LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon saw the red card and the home team would take advantage of having one more player on the pitch. In the 58th minute Alan Pulido received a rebound inside the box and one-time shot the ball with his left foot to equalize the game.

LAFC were having a hard time controlling the game with 10-men and in the 87th minute Daniel Sallói would shoot a beautiful curved ball, finding the top corner to give Sporting KC the victory and the points. With this result Kansas remained in second place with 23 points in the Western Conference and LAFC dropped to eight place with 12 points.

Bradley laments mistakes

After the game Los Angeles FC boss Bob Bradley lamented the result during their visit to the Children’s Mercy Park. Now the ‘Black and Gold’ will have a few days to forget this tough result and prepare for their next road match against Real Salt Lake at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah on 3 July.

Another game where we played pretty well and we had a lot of guys who put in incredible efforts, but we made some careless and bad mistakes. The hardest part is just trying to figure out how to learn from mistakes.”