Houston Dynamo Vs LAFC: 3 things we learned – Diomande to the rescure

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LAFC, Adama Diomande

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 18: Adama Diomande #99 of Los Angeles FC celebrates the win during the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal between Los Angeles FC and Portland Timbers at the Banc of California Stadium on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles FC won the match 3-2 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

A second-half comeback gave LAFC a key road victory against the Houston Dynamo. Here are three things we learned from the 3-1 win.

After their U.S. Open Cup dreams were crushed on Wednesday, Los Angeles FC traveled to Texas to face the Houston Dynamo in search of three points. The “B” team for LAFC made up most of the roster as Bob Bradley rested a few of those who had been a part of the 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers. For the Dynamo, it was a chance to make up some ground in the Western Conference playoff race.

The defeated LAFC couldn’t have gotten a worse start to the fixture when Tyler Miller conceded a poor goal to Romell Quioto in just the third minute of the match. They were then placed under more pressure with Houston pushing hard for a second. However, chances were missed, and when you fail to take advantage of your chances against LAFC, it will come back to haunt you. That’s what exactly happened to the Dynamo.

Adama Diomande tied the match right before half-time and then scored early in the second half to make it 2-1 to the visitors. A few more chances came to the Dynamo but Miller showed resolve in net and Diego Rossi scored a late goal to wrap up the three points and send LAFC to a 14th win of the season.

With LAFC back on track, here are three things we learned from the match in Houston.

SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 28: Los Angeles FC goalkeeper Tyler Miller (1) passes the ball to his teammate during the MLS regular season match between Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders FC on April 28, 2019, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA.(Photo by Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

3. Miller bounces back after a lackluster start

It was a story of comebacks for LAFC. And no one had a greater resurgence to form than Tyler Miller as he recovered from his first mistake to put on a stellar performance.

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He came up with a few big saves down the road in the fixture and was instrumental in helping LAFC get the three points. He will have to continue to prove he is the top option in net after leaving the door open for Pablo Sisniega to show what he offers in net.

For the time being, Miller shouldn’t have to worry too much about losing his starting role, but he will want to avoid moments like the opening goal. His second-half performance displayed why he was selected for the United States Men’s National Team and why he will continue to be the starting option in goal for the MLS leaders.

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