Galaxy play San Jose to 1-1 draw in final preseason game before heading to Arizona
CARSON, Calif. – Playing their second practice
game of the week, the LA Galaxy came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with the
San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center. Ike Opara gave the visitors a
1-0 lead just four minutes into the game, only for Mike Magee to equalize six
minutes from the end to claim the draw.
After holding both Loyola Marymount and the Portland Timbers
scoreless in the first half of their previous preseason matches, the Galaxy
were unable to repeat the feat again this afternoon, falling behind 1-0 after
just four minutes. San Jose
won a corner kick on the right wing, and Joey Gjersten provided the cross,
which Ike Opara was able to re-direct past Josh Saunders from close range,
giving his team a 1-0 lead.
The Galaxy looked to strike back quickly with Chad Barrett
testing Jon Busch from 18 yards out, only to see his shot fly just over the
crossbar. Juan Pablo Angel started up front alongside Barrett once again and
created a pair of good chances later in the half. With 10 minutes remaining in
the half, Landon Donovan played Angel in through the left-center channel, only
for Busch to come off his line and block Angel’s attempt. Six minutes later,
Angel got in behind the defense once again, but his left-footed shot from a
tight angle curled just wide of Busch’s left post.
The Galaxy once again made nearly wholesale changes at the
half with only Gregg Berhalter and Frankie Hejduk, who came on for Todd
Dunivant after 34 minutes, remaining on the field.
With nine new players on the field, the Galaxy opened the
second half on the offensive, with Bryan Jordan having a close range shot saved
by Busch following an A.J. DeLaGarza cross and Mike Magee having a header saved
off a cross from Frankie Hejduk.
At the other end of the field, Brian Perk, who replaced
Saunders at halftime, made a pair of saves, and saw one shot hit his left post,
keeping San Jose’s lead at just 1-0.
Magee, Jovan Kirovski and Ryan Thomas each went close as the
game approached the final 10 minutes, but none could find an equalizer until
Magee did with six minutes remaining.
WATCH: Magee scores off a Cardozo freekick
Paolo Cardozo was fouled wide on the right about 20 yards
from the goal. The first round SuperDraft pick dusted himself off and took the
freekick, whipping a left-footed cross into the box for Magee, who rose above
the San Jose defense to head past Earthquakes goalkeeper Jake Gleeson from six
yards out, leveling the score at 1-1.
Cardozo remained active until the game’s final moments,
narrowly missing with a left-footed shot from 20 yards out, keeping the score
LA – Ike
Opara (Joey Gjersten) 4’
LA – Mike
Magee (Paolo Cardozo) 84’
LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders (Brian Perk 46’); Sean Franklin (A.J. DeLaGarza 46’), Leonardo
(Omar Gonzalez 46'), Gregg Berhalter (Ryan Thomas 60’), Todd Dunivant (Frankie
Hejduk 34’); Landon Donovan (Hector Jimenez 46’), Chris Birchall (Jovan
Kirovski 46’), Juninho (Paolo Cardozo 46’), Miguel Lopez (Bryan Jordan 46’);
Juan Pablo Angel (Adam Cristman 46’), Chad Barrett (Mike Magee 46’).
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