BSJ Match Report: Los Angeles FC 2, Revolution 0 – New England can’t pull the trigger, snaps streak

Adam Richins for BSJ

FOXBOROUGH — All you need to know about the Revolution’s 2-0 loss to Los Angeles FC Saturday night in quickie form, complete with BSJ insight and analysis:


Unbeaten streak ends at 11: For the first time in nearly three months, the Revolution have tasted defeat in the league — but there is good news attached. Two goals by visiting LAFC snapped New England’s 11-match unbeaten streak Saturday night, but not only that, ended the Revs’ unbeaten streak against the Western Conference (6-1-2). But thanks to other results in the league — the New York Red Bulls holding Toronto FC at bay, 2-0, and with Montreal losing, 6-3, to Colorado in a late game — the Revs won’t lose ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and remain 7th with 10 to play.

Rossi chip puts LAFC out in front early: Seven and a half minutes into the game, LAFC broke the deadlock and forced the Revolution to chase the game. With the Revs pressing, Jordan Harvey volleyed and found Diego Rossi well behind Brandon Bye. Rossi motored in pretty much unchallenged, and he brilliantly chipped Matt Turner to put the visitors ahead, 1-0. The Revs had no shots on-target in the first half of their four total shots.

Blessing makes it two: Los Angeles midfielder Latif Blessing, after the Revs had a couple of decent chances to pull level, gave the tourists from the City of Angels a 2-0 cushion after some rather neat passing in the final third.

Revs finish with 10 due to Delamea injury: Not more than a couple of minutes after Bruce Arena made his third and final sub — Juan Fernando Caicedo for Juan Agudelo — of the night, center back Antonio Delamea went down with a hamstring injury. In his post-match presser, Arena noted that it didn't look good for the Slovenian.

One change for the Revs: Another week, another solo change in the starting XI for New England as Agudelo returned to the No. 8 in place of Wilfried Zahibo, with the remainder of the lineup intact. The big change, though? Michael Mancienne was on the bench for the first time since May 4, giving the Revolution four options — Mancienne, Zahibo, Scott Caldwell, Jalil Anibaba — defensively off the bench against the league leaders.