Good morning Los Angeles! Its another match day for Angel City FC as they get back to action after a nice little break from league action during the International break. Now, the team are on the road in the East Coast to take on Gotham FC. Getting the three points on the road would be a tough challenge today, with Gotham coming into today on excellent form. For Angel City, today is a chance to right the ship and get to winning ways before the season gets away from them.

The match started off all home team. Gotham, from kickoff, were applying pressure to an Angel City defense missing a key player in Sarah Gorden. With an in-form Ella Stevens, Gotham just pelted the goal with shot after shot, putting Los Angeles on the back foot early. In 30 minutes of play Gotham racked up seven shots with three on target. One of those shots, ended up the way they wanted, when they took the lead in the 26th minute. New Gotham signing, Crystal Dunn, was given a pass on the edge of the box with just a defender to take on and she did just that. Getting enough space to let one fly, she took the shot with a hard low strike that had enough to get past the slight touch from Haracic, as it went into the back of the net for the lead.

The goal woke up Angel City, who started to find some looks of their own. The team struggled to break down the opposing defense, but did well to find build ups on the counter attack. ACFC finished the half with five shots and two on target, nearly getting the equalizer in the final moments of the half but the efforts of Gotham Keeper, Ann-Katrin Berger, kept Los Angeles off the scoresheet going into the half.

Angel City started the second half a lot better than the first. They were finding more space to create better chances in attack. They were knocking on the door and in the 51st minute they did what most teams inching closer do, they just slam one home. For a moment, it looked like Sydney Leroux got her head on a perfect cross, but in the end, her presence cleared the way for Clarisse Le Bihan who’s apparent cross turned out to be a stunning goal as Angel City went level with plenty of time and momentum in their favor.

Gotham showed why they can be so overwhelming with their talent, retaking the lead in the 61st minute. Rose Lavelle got the ball in the corner of the box and put on a nice one-two with a teammate that led to her getting on the ball close to goal, with a clear look, and she didn’t need a second invitation. Lavelle netted the goal for the second on the day for the home side, giving them the lead.

Not ones to go out without a fight, Angel City kept pushing for another equalizer. The subs that came in put their fresh legs to use, making an immediate difference in terms of pace, and being able to take advantage of a tired Gotham defense. While the team couldn’t find the equalizer in regulation, there was 12 minutes of stoppage time to find a way to steal a much needed point on the road. The effort, while valiant, came up short for Angel City, who fell on the road to Gotham in a match that went about as well as it could all things considered. The team played the way they needed in order to steal at least a point on the road, but couldn’t find enough to find the result. The win pushes Gotham’s unbeaten run to seven matches, while Angel City FC fall to four matches without a win. The team will have a chance at some slight revenge next week, when the road trip continues against Houston Dash.

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