Sounders fall in LA, but debutants offer encouraging signs

In his first MLS game, Pedro de la Vega scored a goal and joined the list of eight Sounders players who have achieved this feat.

Press Conference: Pedro de la Vega and Andrew Thomas post-match at LAFC
Press Conference: Pedro de la Vega and Andrew Thomas post-match at LAFC / Seattle Sounders FC

The Seattle Sounders' road trip to Los Angeles concluded in a disappointing 2-1 defeat against LAFC. Despite the setback, the match offered promising glimpses into the future, with two young players making their Major League Soccer debuts in impressive fashion.

Pedro de la Vega and Andrew Thomas, both experiencing their first taste of MLS action, stole the show with noteworthy performances. De la Vega, displaying composure beyond his years, calmly converted a penalty kick to mark his debut with a goal.

"While scoring in my first MLS game is a dream come true, I would obviously have preferred a win," de la Vega reflected after the match. He acknowledged the challenges of adapting to a new league and playing style, but emphasized his commitment to improving his fitness to meet the demands of the competition.

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The Argentine substituted Léo Chú in the second half and played for 26 minutes. He had 21 ball touches and attempted 12 passes with a 67% accuracy. He scored on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute and became the eighth Sounders player to score on his MLS debut..

Andrew Thomas, who received news of his starting role just days before the game, displayed remarkable poise and fighting spirit throughout the encounter. "We showed good character and created some good chances," he stated, while acknowledging areas for improvement, particularly in limiting opportunities during transitions.

Head Coach Brian Schmetzer, understandably disappointed with the result, remained optimistic. He highlighted the positive aspects, particularly the debut performances and the team's unwavering spirit throughout the match. The focus now shifts to their next challenge, a home fixture against Austin FC.

De la Vega and Thomas' debuts offer a promising glimpse into the future of the Sounders. Their impressive performances, coupled with the team's fighting spirit, provide a much-needed spark amidst the disappointment of the loss. The upcoming fixture against Austin FC presents an opportunity for the Sounders to build on these positives, tighten up defensively, and secure a bounce-back victory.

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