On a hot and sweltering Sunday evening at Q2 Stadium, Mark Delgado found an early goal that was enough for the LA Galaxy to get a 1-0 road win over Austin FC.
Delgado got the scoring started — and finished, as it would turn out —in the 6th minute, pouncing on an Ethan Finlay giveaway and firing toward the edge of goal from distance, getting it to carom off Andrew Tarbell's fingertips, then the post, and then in. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez missed on a chance just before halftime, getting excellent service from Kevin Cabral but miscalculating the finish.
Austin knocked more insistently on the door, wresting a 13-8 shot advantage by match's end, but Jonathan Bond and the Galaxy defense were able to contain the hosts' efforts. That included Sebastian Driussi hitting a 89th-minute free kick off the post, and Driussi nearly connecting with sub Danny Hoesen on a chance in the 90th.