HARRISON, NJ - MARCH 13: A general view of the MLS, Fussball Herren, USA march ball on the field during the first half of the Major League Soccer game between the New York Red Bulls and Minnesota United on March 13, 2022 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire SOCCER: MAR 13 MLS - Minnesota United at New York Red Bulls Icon220332609

New York City FC hosted second-year club Los Angeles FC to the frighteningly cosy confines of Yankee Stadium. The result was a physical 2-2 draw. LAFC’s Carlos Vela scored a late penalty to secure the point, his second goal of the match. NYCFC had goals from record signing Romanian Alexandru Mitrita and Captain Alexander Ring.

The MLS match provided an interesting tactical battle that was heavily influenced by the size of the pitch. The extremely small playing surface magnified the tactical defensive decisions for LAFC. This tactical analysis will look at LAFC’s defensive tactics and use statistics to show how they dominated in xG without dominating possession of the ball.

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