After an exciting MLS weekend, filled with plenty of movement in the standings, the LA Galaxy knew what needed to be done. A win on the road in Austin, against expansion side Austin FC, would put them in fourth, and keep hopes for a home playoff match, alive. It was not to be, as Austin FC added the Galaxy to the list of teams they've upset at home, coming away with the 2-0 win.
The first half started furiously for both sides. Austin FC put on seven first half shots, but were unable to find a clear chance. The Galaxy might have finished the half with just three shots, but their chances were a bit more open, and far more surprising when they didn't come off for goals.
The ideas were there for the Galaxy, with a couple solid build-ups being called back for offsides, but most, fizzling out in the final third. The first half, while exciting, failed to provide any goals, and both teams went into the break scoreless.
Missed opportunities was the theme of the night for the Galaxy, while the Verde Hulked out in the second half. Moussa Djitté got the first goal of the night, cleaning up an initial save from Bond.
The opener belongs to @AustinFC!— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 27, 2021
Moussa Djitté follows up his first shot and bangs it home off the rebound for his first MLS goal. 1-0. pic.twitter.com/bvWUffo7xD
The home side doubled their lead late in the match, as Austin’s own, McKinze Gaines scored in front of his hometown crowd.
Take a bow, McKinze Gaines!— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 27, 2021
The hometown kid scores his first goal for @AustinFC! 2-0. pic.twitter.com/hEHezpO0MC
This loss not only makes it two straight on the road for the LA Galaxy, but two straight shutouts. More importantly, it keeps them in fifth place in the West, only two points clear of the final playoff spot. With eight matches left, and the all-important rivalry match only a week away, the Galaxy face a real fight just to see the postseason.
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