OCFC Unable to Find Winner Against A.S. Los Angeles [Video]

by Art Eftekhari

orange county fc and a.s. los angeles share the spoils in 2-2 draw

Irvine, CA – Orange County FC was looking to get back on track after a 2-1 loss one week ago to FC Arizona in the desert.

But instead, it turned out to be another disappointing match in a 2019 season that has featured its fair share of dropped points.

OCFC got off to a promising start when debutant Francisco Bello from Argentina got his name on the stat sheet in the 11th minute.

Bello’s free kick was saved by A.S. Los Angeles keeper Andres Figueroa, but the rebound was tapped in by striker Joshua Bynoe to put OCFC in front.

Bynoe, a product of Middlesbrough Academy, scored his first goal of the season.

The scoring chances would continue to come for OCFC, and it looked as if Dakota Collins would finally his goal-scoring drought but his shot deep in the Los Angeles penalty area went high and wide.

Orange County FC was the better team throughout the first half, but the opportunity for Los Angeles to get back in the game came late in the first half when Manuel Chavez was brought down by OCFC right-back Tekodah Lobsiger.

Former OCFC striker Alessandro Canale saw his shot from the penalty spot saved brilliantly by Pepe Miranda.

But unfortunately, the kick was ordered to be retaken by the officials because of encroachment from Orange County FC.

On the second attempt, Canale put his shot high into the net as Miranda guessed wrong.

Despite the late goal in the first half from A.S. Los Angeles, OCFC was determined to retake the lead and began the second half in good form with excellent passes and teamwork.

In the 49th minute, Bello got his name on the stat sheet again with his second assist of the night when his corner kick was finished off with a beautiful back-header from Daniel ten Bosch to give OCFC a 2-1 lead.

OCFC was firing on all cylinders and nearly extended the lead one minute later when Dakota Collins stole the ball from center-back Abdullah Qazi.

But A.S. Los Angeles dodged a bullet as Collins’ shot went agonizingly wide.

OCFC was the better team throughout the night and the chances would continue to come, but OCFC was unable to widen the lead.

A turnover in the defensive zone in the 70th minute went right to Los Angeles midfielder William Prado and his cross was headed into the net by Canale to level the score at 2-2.

Orange County FC furiously looked for the game winner in the concluding minutes of the match.

But the winning goal wouldn’t come and all the OCFC players could do was rue their missed opportunities.

It was a frustrating night as OCFC was the better team throughout the match and only thing that can be done next is regroup and pick up the intensity in time for the next home match against City of Angels FC on May 4.