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LAFC continues to work toward its first season in MLS

By in Press Enterprise on February 10, 2018

By Damian Calhoun

LOS ANGELES — The march toward the regular-season debut of the Los Angeles Football Club continued Friday, with a 1-1 preseason draw against New York City FC at UCLA.

This was the second exhibition game for the expansion club.

“It was a good game for us,” Coach Bob Bradley said. “Very different than Toronto (Feb. 2), more physical and I think for our players to get adjusted to the fact that sometimes in the league, that’s the way games are.

“There were stretches where I think the football (soccer) is OK and other stretches where, when things are going fast and hard, we’re not always confident enough to play at the speed we need and we lose control a little bit, but for us, it was an important day.”

Marco Urena, acquired in the expansion draft from San Jose, scored in the 16th minute for LAFC.

“Every game is different,” Bradley said. “What you take away today is being able to tell guys that on certain days, when the game is very hard and fast, can we find ways to be in control and to be able to do that, we have to be better with the ball, be able to make better decisions.

“We were dangerous on some counters, but in other moments, I think we gave the ball away too easy.”

Alexander Ring scored the tying goal for NYCFC in the second half.

ATTACK TAKING SHAPE

Urena has now scored three goals in two preseason games. He had both of the goals in last week’s 2-2 draw against Toronto FC.

“He’s a striker and a striker’s job is to score goals,” Bradley said. “There’s also more to the job, can you in the right moment come away from defenders, can you make the right passes, but he’s been a threat in the box.”

His on-field camaraderie with Carlos Vela […]    

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