Short-handed Union bow to LAFC, 4-1

The Union go on the road, give up a hat trick, lose, you know the drill.

The Union went into Los Angeles and dropped all three points to LAFC on Saturday night, 4-1.

Union first XI: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Raymon Gaddis; Warren Creavalle, Alejandro Bedoya; Marcus Epps (David Accam 62’), Ilsinho (Anthony Fontana 82’), Fafa Picault; CJ Sapong (Cory Burke 72’)

Substitutes not used: John McCarthy; Jack Elliott, Fabinho, Derrick Jones

Los Angeles FC: Tyler Miller; Steven Beitashour, Walker Zimmerman, Laurent Ciman, Joao Moutinho; Benny Feilhaber (Calum Mallace 87’), Eduard Atuesta (Aaron Kovar 54’), Mark-Anthony Kaye; Latif Blessing, Adama Diomande (Shaft Brewer 75’), Lee Nguyen

Substitutes not used: Charlie Lyon; Jordan Harvey, Dejan Jakovic, Tristan Blackmon

The Union showed some fire early, but it was LA who took the lead before the half hour mark. Adama Diomonde scored the first of his three goals and the first hat trick in LAFC history in the 25th minute, destroying Mark McKenzie with multiple cut backs then firing a low shot past Blake. Alejandro Bedoya nearly leveled the match immediately after, but a goal line clearance by Joao Moutinho saved the hosts. Diomonde would score his second a couple minutes before half through Benny Feilhaber and Mark-Anthony Kaye to double the home side’s advantage.

Fafa Picault pulled one back for the visitors just before half from a gift by LAFC keeper Tyler Miller, who directed a cross to Picault’s feet for what turned out to be the Union’s lone goal.

The second half was more LAFC. Diomonde completed his hat trick from Latif Blessing and Aaron Kovar just ten minutes after the sides came back out, and would exit for a curtain call in the 75th. Blessing himself would tally in second half stoppage to ice the game.

Notes: The Union were missing Haris Medunjanin (suspension) and Borek Dockal, whose wife recently gave birth. If they were both going to miss a game, the Union could do far worse than an away game against a Western Conference foe. Fafa Picault also scored in back to back matches for the second time in his career.

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