In a match that saw both teams extend their winless streaks, the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles FC played to a 1-1 draw at BMO Stadium on July 8th. Denis Bouanga and Cristian Espinoza found the back of the net for their respective teams in the first half, while San Jose faced the challenge of playing with ten men for a majority of the second half after goalkeeper Daniel was issued a straight red card.
The draw saw the Earthquakes extend their winless streak to five matches, now sitting at 0-2-3 in their last five games. Los Angeles, on the other hand, continued their struggles with a record of 0-3-1 in their last four matches. Both teams were in desperate need of a win to turn their fortunes around, but ultimately had to settle for a point each.
San Jose’s goalkeeper, Daniel, was shown a red card in the 56th minute for a handball outside of his box. Mateusz Bogusz broke away towards goal, and in his attempt to intercept the attack, Daniel’s outstretched arm deflected Bogusz’s shot. As a result of the red card, JT Marcinkowski came on as the substitute goalkeeper, while Paul Marie made way to reduce the Earthquakes to ten men.
Despite being a player down, San Jose displayed resolute defense to limit LAFC’s chances. Marcinkowski made three crucial saves, including a remarkable stop to deny Carlos Vela in the 82nd minute. Stipe Biuk and Nathan Ordaz also came close to scoring for LAFC in the second half, but both strikers failed to convert their chances from close range.
In the 30th minute, Cristian Espinoza took advantage of lax marking by Mamadou Fall and found space inside the box. He expertly placed a left-footed shot past the goalkeeper, scoring his 10th goal of the season and his third against Los Angeles FC in three matches this year. However, Denis Bouanga equalized for LAFC in the 37th minute, converting a penalty kick after being tripped by defender Rodrigues in the box. This was Bouanga’s 12th goal of the season.
The first half saw an unexpected delay due to a minor power outage at BMO Stadium in the 41st minute, resulting in seven minutes of extra time being added. Unfortunately for San Jose, the power outage prevented a video review of an entanglement between Diego Palacios and Carlos Akapo in LAFC’s box, which the Earthquakes believed should have resulted in a penalty kick.
Overall, the match showcased the determination of both teams to end their winless streaks. San Jose demonstrated impressive defensive resilience despite being a man down for a significant portion of the game, while Los Angeles will be disappointed to have dropped two points at home. Both teams will hope to turn their fortunes around in their upcoming fixtures as they look to climb the league standings and secure a spot in the playoffs.