LAFC Attracts 1-1 With Sounders – NBC Los Angeles
Eduard Atuesta scored the quickest purpose in Los Angeles FC historical past within the second minute, and Brad Smith headed house the tying purpose early within the second half for the Seattle Sounders within the Western Convention powers’ 1-1 draw Saturday.
LAFC earned 4 factors in its two season-opening house video games with no contributions from its two finest gamers, Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi.
Seattle additionally went to 1-0-1 in its street opener whereas enjoying with out captain Nicolás Lodeiro, who has a strained left quadriceps.
Atuesta scored after backup striker Kwadwo Opoku was taken down by Seattle’s Xavier Arreaga inches from the penalty space.
Atuesta booted his free kick straight below the Seattle wall from the lip of the penalty space, beating Stefan Frei simply 85 seconds after the opening whistle. The earlier quickest purpose in 4-year-old LAFC’s historical past was 96 seconds in by Dejan Jakovic final September.
The Sounders bought simply considered one of their six photographs on track within the first half, however Cristian Roldan hit the put up from 25 yards out on their finest probability. Seattle lastly equalized within the 54th minute when Pablo Sisniega saved Raúl Ruidíaz’s preliminary header earlier than Smith lowered his bald head to waist top and knocked within the rebound.
Ruidíaz missed the online on an open header deep within the field within the 89th minute.
LAFC’s backup attackers struggled to mount any important scoring possibilities whereas the membership performed its second straight sport with out 2020 Golden Boot winner Rossi, who has a hamstring harm.
Vela, who performed solely 20 minutes within the season opener earlier than coming off with an harm, additionally was unavailable in opposition to Seattle below MLS’ well being and security protocols, though the staff didn’t present any extra info.