SANDY: Rayan Raveloson headed a 78th-minute header to help the Los Angeles Galaxy rally to a 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah on Wednesday night.
Salt Lake (4-4-5, 17 points) gave up a two-goal lead and won only twice in its last 11 games. The Utah club saw their home record drop to 2-2-4.
Albert Rusnak and Maikel Chang scored goals in the first half to give RSL a 2-0 lead before the team faded. Victor Vazquez reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 33rd minute.
Los Angeles (8-5-1, 25 points) trailed for much of the game until an unmarked Raveloson scored his third goal in three games. He was only playing his fourth game with the Galaxy.
RSL made the most of the opportunities created by aggressive attacking play early in the first half.
Rusnak put Salt Lake on the board in the ninth minute. Aaron Herrera shot him a cross in the middle of the box. Left unmarked, Rusnak blew an open left foot near the penalty spot and threaded the ball into the right post.
RSL extended their lead to 2-0 over Chang’s goal in the 26th minute. Rubio Rubin gave the ball to Chang just outside the top of the box. Chang went one on one with a defender and released a left foot before crossing into the box. The ball flew past Los Angeles goalkeeper Jonathan Bond before he could extend to the near post to stop the goal.
Vazquez pulled one off with his first goal of the season. He grabbed a pass from Samuel Grandsir and released a right foot from the left side of the box. The ball caught in the upper right corner.
Statistically, both offenses were dead even at half-time. Each club created five shots and put two shots on frame.
Los Angeles increased the pressure in the second half and finally tied the score in the 78th minute. Raveloson shot a header outside the 6-yard penalty area and the ball came home for the equalizer.
The Galaxy finished with a 12-11 lead in total shots and a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal. – Reuters