Marco Fabian is still nowhere to be seen as his Union team keeps piling up the goals. Meanwhile, it was a tough weekend for the teams from Los Angeles, who despite not winning remain atop of the Western Conference standings. Here’s what we learned from Week 10.
Antuna is taking his opportunity
After opening his LA Galaxy account last weekend against Real Salt Lake, Uriel Antuna made it two goals in two games, scoring the Galaxy’s first in their 3-2 defeat to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.
It’s no mystery that with Romain Alessandrini out of the picture until at least the month of the September that Uriel Antuna will have to be the player that steps up for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side. Here, he was once again bright, lashing on to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic pass in the 39th minute to open the scoring for the five-time champs.
Uriel Antuna with a nice run to score the equalizer for Galaxy! pic.twitter.com/cE1wAw42fJ— Mex Nex Gen (@MexNexGen) May 4, 2019
Ultimately, it wasn’t meant to be for Antuna and company. Despite taking the lead before halftime, the Red Bulls were able to come from a goal down to snatch all three points. For the Galaxy, it was only their first defeat in their last eight matches.
Vela can have underwhelming performances too
Carlos Vela had arguably one of his worst games of the early campaign as LAFC was held to a scoreless draw by the Chicago Fire. It was one of the few disappointing performances LAFC has had this season, and it came against a Chicago Fire team that defended in droves for large parts of the game. Vela was practically nonexistent, but so was the rest of the team, who had a terrible passing night.
The point does keep LAFC at the top of the Western Conference, but it was a crude reminder that the season is still long and LAFC will sometimes face overly defensive teams like this Chicago team.
Union remain on a tear without Marco Fabian
Who needs Marco Fabian when you are winning games by five goals? The Union were perfect this week notching two wins in two games, including a 6-1 thumping over the New England Revolution.
Actually, Fabian’s injury was never very serious, and he was seen training on Monday for the first time in two weeks. All signs are pointing towards Fabian coming back just in time for the Union’s next game against Toronto FC.
That said, it’s not like Fabian hasn’t been enjoying his time off. While his team has been busy getting wins, he has been busy attending 76ers games. Trust the process.