Los Angeles FC: Three takeaways from 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps

Three takeaways from Los Angeles FC and their 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Los Angeles FC’s losing streak has extended to four matches. They recorded their eighth loss of the 2021 Major League Soccer season against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. Despite leading the match 1-0 at halftime, LAFC was unable to hold off the home side as they rallied in the second half to record two goals and extend their unbeaten run of form. Here are three takeaways from the match.

More points dropped

The last seven MLS fixtures for LAFC have yielded no victories. As a result, they are now three points outside of seventh place in the Western Conference table. With the Los Angeles Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City awaiting them in their next two matches, it is going to be a difficult task for LAFC to get back to winning ways in the coming weeks.

A win over the Whitecaps certainly would have helped LAFC immensely and this match looked like one of their best opportunities to end their winless streak. For now, the outlook for a place in the MLS Cup playoffs is looking bleaker as the winless run of form continues.

Carlos Vela leaves injured

If LAFC is going to turn things around in the coming weeks, Vela would likely have been one of the players to help lead the way. However, they may have to do it without him as he left the match in the first half with an injury. At the time of writing this, it’s unclear what the seriousness of the injury was, but any more time without Vela in the lineup will only make things more difficult for LAFC to find a way back into the top seven in the Western Conference.

Rossi ends goal drought

Rossi’s last goal, before his successful penalty kick conversion on Saturday, was against Real Salt Lake on July 17th. Between Saturday night and July 17th, he had gone six consecutive matches without recording a goal. The regining MLS Golden Boot winner has not been able to replicate his 2020 season form thus far but there is still time for him to make an impact in the final weeks of the regular season. Perhaps his goal against the Whitecaps will kick start a new goal-scoring streak.