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Tacoma Defiance drop third straight game

This is the first three-game losing streak since Defiance joined MLS Next Pro.

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For the first time since joining MLS Next Pro in 2022, the Tacoma Defiance have a three-game losing streak after falling 2-1 to The Town FC on Wednesday. The Defiance have now dropped 5 of 6 games and are 2-6-1 in their past nine.

Against The Town, the Defiance gave up two first-half goals before pulling one back at 90+3’ on Tino Lopez’s first professional goal.


Notable performers

Kalani Kossa-Rienzi: Starting in his more natural defensive midfield spot, Kosa-Rienzi was very active. He was 71 for 82 passing, created one chance, nearly scored a long-range goal, made 10 passes into the final third and was 6 of 9 on duels.

Tino Lopez: Fresh off making his MLS debut, Lopez did solid work which included his first professional goal. He was 63 of 66 passing, made 13 passes into the final third and had five interceptions.

Braudilio Rodrigues: In his first competitive appearance of 2024, Rodrigues logged 18 minutes off the bench. He managed to accrue 25 touches in that limited time and four inside The Town’s penalty area. He was 13 of 19 passing and was credited with one chance created.



Tacoma Defiance 1 – The Town FC 2

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 

Venue: PayPal Park

Referee: Jamie Padilla

Assistants: Melissa Beck, Peter Hanson

Fourth official: Robert Vincze

Weather: 89 degrees and sunny


TTFC – Own Goal (Blake Bowen) 13’

TTFC – Riley Lynch (Joel Garcia) 42’

TAC – Antino Lopez (Yu Tsukanome) 90+3’


TTFC – Edwyn Mendoza (caution) 25’

TAC – Travian Sousa (caution) 32’

TTFC – Aaron Edwards (caution) 68’

TTFC – Eduardo Blancas Maravilla (caution) 90+4’

TAC – Frank Daroma (caution) 90+4’ 


Tacoma Defiance – Jacob Castro; Blake Bowen (Elias Katsaros 72’), Antino Lopez, Brian Aguilar, Travian Sousa; Kalani Kossa-Rienzi, Frank Daroma; Chris Aquino (Braudilio Rodrigues 72’), Faysal Bettache – captain, Georgi Minoungou (Owen O’Malley 81’); Dylan Teves (Yu Tsukanome 62’)

Substitutes not used: Lars Helleren, Burke Fahling

Total shots: 15

Shots on goal: 3

Fouls: 8

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 3

Saves: 0

The Town FC – Jacob Daniel Jackson; Joel Garcia (Kevin Oseguera 77’), Sean Bilter, Alejandro Cano, Ricardo Ibarra; Eduardo Blancas Maravilla, Edwyn Mendoza, Alexander Chow (Jermaine Spivey 72’); Aaron Edwards (Samuel Navarrete 77’), Julian Donnery (Daniel Fregoso Bautista 87’), Riley Lynch

Substitutes not used: John Nicolson, Roka Tsunehara, Scott Chavira, Christian Arseni Metelitsa 

Total shots: 7

Shots on goal: 1

Fouls: 12

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3

Saves: 2