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Los Angeles Football Club 1, DC United 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

LAFC played a full half with 10 men, but D.C. United made them pay for it in a 1-1 draw at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday.

LAFC took the lead shortly before the break, as a deflected pass in the box bounced to Diego Rossi, and the Uruguayan slotted the shot in calmly. 

But LAFC left the door open minutes later, as Dejan Jakovic received a straight red card for a studs-up tackle on Paul Arriola, reducing the home side to 10 men for the second half.

In the second half, each side had a penalty shout -- a handball by Laurent Ciman in LAFC's box, followed a few minutes later by a handball from Zoltan Stieber in D.C.'s box -- but following Video Review referee Ismael Elfath waved off both spot kicks.

D.C. made their man advantage count in the 84th minute, as Joseph Mora floated a cross to the back post which was headed back across by Arriola, with Darren Mattocks then heading it into the net.

Frederic Brillant had a chance to win the game in second-half stoppage time for D.C., as his header off a corner kick clanged off the post.

Goals

  • 39' – LAFC – Diego Rossi | WATCH
  • 84' – DC – Darren Mattocks

Three Things 

  • THE BIG PICTURE: LAFC dominated the shot counter on the night, but D.C. stayed with the match and were rewarded with a point. It's a result both teams probably deserve, although each side will feel they should have taken a win.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: The equalizer was a nifty team play from the United attack.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Arriola had the most influential performance on the night, drawing a red card and setting up the equalizer for the visiting side.

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