Match Report: LA Galaxy Fight Back to Earn 2-2 Draw Against Real Salt Lake at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday Night

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LOS ANGELES (Saturday, May 11, 2024) – Down 2-0 at halftime, the LA Galaxy fought back to earn a 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake before a sell-out crowd of 25,220 fans at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday night. Gabriel Pec scored his third goal of the season, while Miguel Berry scored his first goal for the Galaxy in the 94th minute of the match to earn LA a point at home.

Unbeaten At Home
In five matches played at home during the 2024 campaign, the LA Galaxy hold an unbeaten record of 2-0-3 (11 GF, 9 GA). During the LA Galaxy’s five games played at Dignity Health Sports Park during the 2024 MLS Regular Season, the Galaxy have been averaging 25,221 fans per match. In five games played at Dignity Health Sports Park during the 2024 campaign, Riqui Puig has four goal contributions (1 goal, 3 assists).
Goal-Scoring Plays
RSL – Cristian Arango (Alexandros Katranis, Braian Ojeda), 20th minute: Alexandros Katranis’ cross into the penalty area was headed in by Cristian Arango.**

RSL – Cristian Arango (Andres Gomez, Matt Crooks), 40th minute: Andres Gomez slid a pass to Cristian Arango, whose shot from the middle of the penalty area was converted into the far corner.

LA – Gabriel Pec (Riqui Puig, Joseph Paintsil), 54th minute**: Maya Yoshida won the ball in midfield and played the ball up field to Joseph Paintsil, who quickly found Riqui Puig. The Spanish midfielder slid the ball towards the left side of the penalty area to Gabriel Pec, whose hard shot beat RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath at the near post.

LA – Miguel Berry (Riqui Puig), 90+4th minute: Working down the right flank, Riqui Puig delivered a looping pass into the six-yard box that Miguel Berry slid and poked past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Zac MacMath.
Postgame Notes

  • Through 12 matches played during the 2024 MLS Regular Season, the LA Galaxy hold a 5-2-5 record (23 GF,19 GA; 20 points) and sit in third place in the Western Conference standings behind only Real Salt Lake (6-2-4, 22 points) and Minnesota United FC (6-2-2, 20 points).
  • Saturday’s MLS Regular Season match between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake marked the 60th meeting across all competitions between the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, with LA leading the all-time series 24-20-15.
  • Against RSL, the Galaxy hold a 20-17-13 record in league play, a 4-1-2 record in the MLS Cup Playoffs and a 0-2-0 record in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • In 26 regular-season matches played at home against Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy hold a 14-7-5 record.
  • Notably, LA is unbeaten in its last eight home matches played (4-0-4; 14 GF, 8 GA) against RSL dating back to Sept. 30, 2017.
  • In five matches played at home during the 2024 campaign, the LA Galaxy hold an unbeaten record of 2-0-3 (11 GF, 9 GA).
  • It marked the second time this season that the Galaxy have scored a goal in second-half stoppage time, which ranks tied for sixth in MLS this season.
  • Miguel Berry scored his first goal as a member of the LA Galaxy in the draw against RSL.
  • Gabriel Pec recorded his third goal of the 2024 campaign in the result against Real Salt Lake.
  • Riqui Puig tallied two assists, won 11 of 11 duels, completed seven of seven dribbles, logged 73 accurate passes (83%) and created three chances in the draw.
  • Joseph Paintsil created a game-high six chances, notched an assist and won two tackles against RSL.
  • Julián Aude won 13 of 17 duels, three of three ariel duels, four possessions and three tackles, recorded three clearances and completed two dribbles in 90 minutes of action against Real Salt Lake.
  • In his return to the Starting XI, Mark Delgado finished the match with 60 of 68 passes completed (88.2%), three chances created and won eight of 15 duels and a team-high 10 possessions in the tie against RSL.

Next Game
Next up, the LA Galaxy travel to face Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field on Wednesday, May 15 (5:30 p.m. PT, MLS Season Pass on Apple TV).
2024 MLS Regular Season
LA Galaxy (5-2-5, 20pts) vs. Real Salt Lake (6-2-4, 22pts)
Saturday, May 11, 2024 – Dignity Health Sports Park (Los Angeles)

Goals by Half 1 2 F
LA Galaxy 0 2 2
Real Salt Lake 2 0 2

Scoring Summary:
RSL: Arango (Katranis, Ojeda), 20
RSL: Arango (Gomez, Crooks), 40
LA: Pec (Puig, Paintsil), 54
LA: Berry (Puig), 90+4

Misconduct Summary:
LA: Aude (caution), 18
RSL: Crooks (caution), 23

LA: GK John McCarthy; D Miki Yamane, D Jalen Neal, D Maya Yoshida ©, D Julián Aude; M Mark Delgado, M Gastón Brugman (Edwin Cerrillo, 80), M Riqui Puig, F Gabriel Pec, F Joseph Paintsil (Diego Fagundez, 81), F Dejan Joveljić (Miguel Berry, 68)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Novak Mićović; D Martin Cáceres, D Mauricio Cuevas, D John Nelson, M Jonathan Pérez

TOTAL SHOTS: 23 (Riqui Puig, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Gastón Brugman, 2); FOULS: 6 (Mark Delgado, 2); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 12; SAVES: 2

RSL: GK Zac MacMath; D Justen Glad, D Bode Hidalgo (Andrew Brody, 17), D Philip Quinton, D Alexandros Katranis (Tommy Silva, 82); M Braian Ojeda, M Diego Luna (Fidel Barajas, 84), M Andres Gomez, M Emeka Eneli, M Matt Crooks (Anderson Julio, 72); F Cristian Arango © (Nelson Palacio, 84)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Gavin Beavers; M Maikel Chang; F Bertin Jacquesson

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Andres Gomez, Cristian Arango, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Andres Gomez, Cristian Arango, 2); FOULS: 14 (Matt Crooks, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 5

Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
Assistant Referees: Ryan Graves, Eduardo Jeff
Fourth Official: Greg Dopka
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 65 degrees
Attendance: 25,220

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial