The LAFC vs New England Revolution preseason match concludes in a 1-1 draw
The era of Steve Cherundolo at LAFC has officially started as the LAFC vs New England Revolution preseason match kicked off on January 29 at home at Banc of California Stadium. Facing off against Bruce Arena, all-time winningest coach in MLS history and Cherundolo’s former coach, the match resulted in a tie. Yet the focus of the match wasn’t necessarily the final score but more of how the team looked with their new roster and what to expect going into the 2022 season.
It wasn’t for the right reasons but the first half of the match was exciting. The New England Revolution, 2021’s Supporter Shield winner, was first to score with a goal from Adam Buksa before the half. LAFC defender Jesús Murillo was sent off the field early with a red card, though LAFC was able to sub in another player to keep the player count even.
Subbing out most of the regular starters, the LAFC used their youth in the second half of the LAFC vs New England Revolution preseason match to look at a number of prospects and academy players. Both teams were unable to score but LAFC were able to even up the board 1-1 after a penalty kick by Mamadou Fall following Bruce El-Mesmari, who played for the LAs Vegas Light in 2021, being brought down in the box.
“It was just day one as far as preseason matches go,” said LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo. “But I’m happy at the end with the result; getting a point after going down 1-0. That speaks to effort, and we’re happy with that.” Overall, the team seemed more energetic in the LAFC vs New England Revolution preseason match.
Mexican superstar Carlos Vela played 45 minutes while Kim Moon-Hwan, known as a defender, started the match in midfield alongside Pancho Ginella and Danny Crisotomo. “Today was about defensive shape and organization,” added Cherundolo. “I think we have lots to go on off of this game; some good and some bad. It was predominantly good, but I think our defensive shape is what we will focus on from this game and as we press forward.”
The Black & Gold will face off against Toronto FC in their second friendly preseason matchup on Wednesday, February 2.