LAFC hosts Portland looking to stop shutout skid

The first phase of the Major League Soccer relaunch hasn’t gone as smoothly as Los Angeles Football Club would have liked, but Sunday night is another chance to turn things around.

LAFC has lost four of the past five games en route to this game against Portland (8:00 PM, KRCA). In the past two, LAFC has been held scoreless, while conceding six goals – not like Bob Bradley or anyone associated with LAFC would have thought it would go.

“Portland is always a tough opponent,” said Bradley. “Everyone in the league is currently facing the challenges of short lead times, day trips, but it doesn’t change when you play at home the excitement and getting everyone ready to go and that has been the focus for the past two days. “

In its only win so far on the restart, LAFC scored five goals against San Jose. Both shutout losses – against the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake – created opportunities, but that’s about the only positive that was achieved.

“I don’t think we worry too much about goals,” said striker Bradley Wright-Phillips. “The last two games we were excluded, but the game before that we scored five. The talent around the selection, from an offensive point of view, is very good and I try not to bring negative energy around the team by talking about finishing. We just have to go back. for ways to win. “

LAFC and the Timbers met on July 23 at the MLS is Back Tournament and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

“Overall, we’ve created a lot of opportunities,” said Bradley. “In the last part, we haven’t been as sharp as we needed to. Especially when you look back at the Milky Way, even (Real) Salt Lake, some really good chances … all of our forwards have fallen into their form right now.

“Diego (Rossi) is undoubtedly still our best player this year. His dedication and leadership has really developed in a way that we’re really proud of, but he’s had times when in the past few games he hasn’t taken certain chances of running into a guy, or he should just go. and run with the ball … I want to be clear, the standards for Diego are high and he is still our best player, no two ways. “

Bradley added that he needs to get Wright-Phillips and Brian Rodriguez on track.

“Brad (Wright-Phillips) in the last piece, his sharpness has dropped a little bit and he’s talked about it, we just need to get him back to work,” said Bradley. “Everyone knows that Brian, since we got back, is not in good shape … with everything going on, I’ve told him over and over, he’s a good guy, we think he’s talented and we need him help to resolve things up. There are still too often on the field where he tries to go so fast that the connection between his ideas and his feet is not where they should be. So we just try to show confidence in him and see if we can help him through a difficult period. “

Portland at LAFC

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

True: Banc of California Stadium

TV: KRCA