After winning only one game in their last 10Toronto FC travelled to LA Galaxy in search of redemption. LA Galaxy sit in second place of the MLS Western Conference behind local rivals LAFC. Everything pointed towards an LA Galaxy win, and the game predictably ended two goals to nil for the home team.

Despite the predictable scoreline, Toronto FC held Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s men off until the 75th minute. Find out exactly what went wrong for Toronto FC during this MLS match, and why it took so long for LA Galaxy to break the deadlock in this tactical analysis.

Lineups

While the following image indicates that both LA Galaxy (left) and Toronto FC (right) lined up in the same formation, the positioning of players changed mid game. Zlatan Ibrahimović remained the furthest man forward for LA, while Alejandro Pozuelo dropped deeper to act as a playmaker. One notable inclusion in the Toronto FC lineup was Liam Fraser over Michael Bradley who is currently playing in the Gold Cup with the USA. Striker Jozy Altidore was also unavailable for Greg Vanney.

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