Despite the loss today the Los Angeles Football Club did MLS proud by beating three of Mexico’s best teams and reaching a great journey for the club, it wasn’t enough to end MLS’s long run but todays potential demonstrates how far MLS has come.
Diego Rossi had given the Californians a brief first half lead and hope.
LAFC becomes the fourth MLS side (and the second American one) to make it to the final since 2001, joining Real Salt Lake (2011), Montreal (2015), and Toronto FC (2018).
Only two MLS teams have taken the CONCACAF title since MLS kicked off a quarter century ago this year: D.C. United in 1998 and the LA Galaxy three years later. In both of those cases, the entire competition was held in the eventual champion’s home city. For the past 16 editions, until this year that everything changed due to the pandemic.
But while the pandemic changed the format in 2020, the benefit of the four remaining MLS representatives, the outcome remained the same as ever, even if it was at least temporarily in doubt after Rossi’s opened the scoring off a fine feed from Mark Anthony Kaye.
“The football that we play we are proud of, what I’ve learned about teams in the past is to keep the identity of the team, we become a good football team by continuing to make the team grow, we feel very good with how we play and how we will move forward. “ said Manager Bob Bradley
After today's game, it was still a good run for MLS and both teams remained efficient with one another on and off the pitch.
“ LAFC was a very good and strong team, we respect all of our opponents and this was a great one to play today.” Concluded, Ricardo Ferretti Manger of Tigre’s said in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com
Reported by Wendy Pintor
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