San Diego Loyal SC allowed a first-half aim Saturday, however that was all Birmingham Legion FC wanted at house to safe the membership’s thirteenth win.
The loss snapped the five-match win streak for SD Loyal (15-6-4, 46 factors) forward of their subsequent sport, once more on the street, towards El Paso Locomotive FC on Aug. 20. The crew, although, has a while to breathe after taking part in in its third match in eight days.
Juan Agudelo scored the sport’s lone aim in twentieth minute of the match at Protector Stadium, heading in a nook kick from Prosper Kasim and sending the ball simply inside Loyal goalkeeper Koke Vegas’ proper publish. Vegas may solely stand and watch.
Birmingham (13-6-5, 44 factors) strain SD Loyal and practically scored twice extra, together with a harmful shot by Marlon Santos. Vegas needed to slide and in entrance of the charging ahead to dam the shot simply earlier than halftime.
Within the second half, Santos practically had one other aim, as he despatched a right-footed shot off the crossbar within the 66th minute.
SD Loyal push for the tie within the second half with one likelihood coming when second-half substitute Tumi Moshobane slid for a ball within the six-yard field and tried to get a shot off. However Birmingham Legion FC goalkeeper Matt Vanoekel managed to get in the way in which.
A stingy Birmingham protection hunkered down on its facet of the pitch to offset the Loyal rally and shield the shutout.
“We weren’t nice on the evening,” coach Landon Donovan stated. “(We) most likely didn’t create fairly sufficient possibilities to interrupt by.”
SD Loyal fell for the third time this season on the street, however nonetheless has gone 9-3-0 in its final 12 matches, to earn 27 of 36 doable factors.