Loons move closer to LAFC in dying moments

Hassani Dotson scored in the dying seconds as Minnesota United drew 2-2 with host Los Angeles FC on Wednesday.

As LAFC put on defensive pressure late in the game, Dotson took a pass from Jan Gregus and scored from the top of the penalty area with a right-footed volley past goalkeeper Tomas Romero. The goal came in the fifth minute of the second half time-out.

Carlos Vela and Tristan Blackmon scored goals for LAFC (6-5-5, 23 points), while Romero made three saves. While not keeping the late lead, LAFC still recorded a point for the fifth time in the last six games as he came off a 3-4-3 start to the season.

Emanuel Reynoso scored just after halftime for Minnesota United (6-5-4, 22 points), who has scored one point in 10 of 11 games (6-1-4) since the start of the season with four losses consecutive.

Loons goalie Tyler Miller made three saves against his former club. He played for LAFC during the 2019 and 2018 seasons.

Blackmon’s first goal of the season came on a header in traffic past Minnesota United’s goal on a 77th-minute corner from Eduard Atuesta. It was only the defenseman’s second MLS goal in four seasons and 55 games.

Vela converted at the end of the 40th minute after LAFC midfielder Jose Cifuentes forced a turnaround near the midfielder. Cifuentes’ pass found Vela in stride in the middle of the field, and he knocked the ball over Miller and into the back of the net with his right foot. With his fifth goal of the season, Vela is tied for the team lead.

Reynoso equalized the score in the 49th minute with a left-footed goal in front of defender Marco Farfan as well as Romero. It was Reynoso’s second of the season and third in 27 career MLS games.

Minnesota United defenseman Chase Gasper left the game in the 18th minute with a leg injury. Gasper had been the only Loons player to see the action every minute for the team this year.

– Field level media

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