Denis Bouanga’s two goals help LAFC draw Red Bulls – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

LAFC forward Denis Bouanga, center, celebrates with forward Luis Muller, left, and midfielder Mateusz Bogusz after Bouanga scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give LAFC a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls at BMO Stadium on Saturday evening . (Photo by Raul Romero Jr., Contributing Photographer)

LOS ANGELES – They expected gritty. They expected ugly. They hoped to remain perfect at home as the visiting New York Red Bulls tested them. Los Angeles Football Club scored two of three, but despite failing to get three points on Saturday night, Denis Bouanga’s second goal of the night, deep into stoppage time, secured a point and a 2-2 draw for the Black & Gold.

LAFC (3-3-3, 12 points) faced one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference early in the season and suffered under the visitors’ vaunted pressing style in a match that saw eight combined shots on goal.

Of New York’s two tries that could have gone against Hugo Lloris, only one did as their Swedish Designated Player Emil Forsberg volleyed off a corner in the 81st minute for his second MLS goal.

The first goal of the night came after former Red Bulls defender Aaron Long’s reunion with them after leaving as a free agent last year was cut shorter than anyone would have liked.

Five minutes later, one of the fastest players in MLS returned to cover Dante Vanzeir who made a run to the far post, while Lewis Morgan pushed a two-man break.

Instead of scoring a goal, Vanzeir, who tied the week for the most assists in the league, would have had a great chance of scoring his second goal of the season had Long not overtaken him and gone to ground to score the to disrupt Lewis’ cross. . But in doing so, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound center back’s left shin crashed squarely into the post.

Long grimace of pain as he lay on the grass for a few minutes. After several of his former teammates checked on him, Long needed help on the way to the locker room. After the match, LAFC coach Steve Cherundolo said the American international would be fine.

With Maxime Chanot starting in place of Jesus Murillo, who was doubtful and not on the matchday list due to a knee problem, Cherundolo called on Eddie Segura to fill the hole in the middle of their defense.

The game resumed with a Red Bulls corner. The 27-year-old Segura, operating in the center of the six-yard box, inexplicably turned his header towards Lloris, giving New York (4-1-4, 16 points) the lead without having put a shot on target . .

“I think it is difficult to chase such a match against a team that is excellent on the counter and excellent on set pieces,” Cherundolo said. “And we did it in a controlled way, without allowing too much, but still being dangerous. From that moment on I was quite happy with the performance.”

With midfielder Eduard Atuesta missing due to yellow cards, Cherundolo reconfigured the starting XI, dropping Mateusz Bogusz from the attack into his usual midfield role.

Kei Kamara stepped into the ninth spot and played 70 minutes in his first start for LAFC since joining the team on March 29.

“It will take some time for everyone to get used to him,” Cherundolo said. “We didn’t have that player profile here. It’s night and day between him and Mati and how they play and what they’re looking for.

The unfortunate own goal lasted until the 67th minute, when Bouanga converted a penalty he created by cutting back into the penalty area against defender Sean Nealis. The play was upheld after a review when referee Guido Gonzales, Jr. consulted with VAR official Carol Anne Chenard.

Bouanga, one of the most prolific strikers in MLS when it comes to penalty kicks, said that because of the controversy that arose after a foul was called in the penalty area against the Galaxy, he thinks the referees are probably going to the rest of the season happens, take a closer look.

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