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Angel City drop points again, Gotham wins

Jonathan Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Angel City is winless in four straight matches after losing to Gotham, 2-1.

Another week. Another game without a win. Another close, but not a good enough performance for Angel City. The team is looking to get back to winning ways.

Angel City lost 2-1 to Gotham, marking their fourth straight match without a win. 

Gotham created higher-quality looks by capitalizing on Angel City’s lapses, generating 1.82 expected goals (xG) compared to 0.45 xG for Angel City. That helped them find the back of the net twice through a 26th-minute goal by forward Crystal Dunn and a 62th-minute score by midfielder Rose Lavelle. 

Despite Gotham’s goals, Angel City could have matched their total. But Gotham goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger came up clutch, making five saves to seal the 2-1 victory. 

Midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan was a catalyst in the Angel City attack, especially early in the second half. She mostly made an impact through her playmaking, completing 24-of-27 accurate passes and making two key passes, according to Sofascore.

However, Le Bihan also found the back of the net 51 minutes into the match when her cross missed forward Sydney Leroux and bounced past Berger.  

“If I’m being honest, it was a cross,” Le Bihan said. “We were in a good moment. We were pressing really high. And they were losing a lot of balls… I tried to give a good ball in behind with my left foot, and [Sydney Leroux] helped me a lot to score this one.”

Alyssa Thompson also pushed for a goal but failed to find the back of the net despite two shots on target. 

Arguably, Thompson’s most dangerous chance came in first-half stoppage time when her sister and defender, Gisele Thompson, served a cross to her. However, Berger stopped Alyssa’s open header.

Gisele was dynamic in the 63 minutes she played, making 16 of 18 accurate passes, winning five of eight duels, and completing three tackles, according to Sofascore

Angel City feels like they are not far off despite only picking up 11 points in 11 matches. They started similarly in 2023 but climbed from 11th to fifth through gritty victories. They are looking to find that tenacity again.

“This league is too good to switch off in any moments,” said coach Becki Tweed, “And we had a couple of moments where we did switch off, and we got punished for it.”

Next, Angel City plays The Houston Dash on June 15. 

“Next weekend, we have to win,” Le Bihan said. “There is no other choice.”