LA Galaxy play to 1-1 draw with Seattle in Reserve League opener

CARSON, Calif. — The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC played to a 1-1 draw in the MLS Reserve League as both clubs traded first half goals Monday at The Home Depot Center.

Seattle struck first when rookie Eriq Zavaleta headed in a corner kick from forward Sammy Ochoa in the 7th minute. Just before the half-hour mark, after LA rookie Charlie Rugg was taken down in the box, midfielder Hector Jimenez converted a penalty kick to tie the score in the 29th minute.

When the game kicked off, Seattle was the more aggressive of the two sides. The Sounders were rewarded for their work rate just seven minutes into the game when Zavaleta headed Ochoa’s corner past goalkeeper Brian Rowe.

After the goal, LA settled into the game and began to push forward. But after coming close to equalizing in the 25th minute, when his shot from the top of the box forced goalkeeper Josh Ford to make a diving save, Jimenez got the Galaxy on the scoreboard from the penalty spot. Rugg had gotten behind Seattle’s defense and was taken down inside the box by defender Zach Scott, forcing referee Jesse Cisneros to point to the spot. Jimenez stepped up and dispatched his penalty past the outstretched hand of Ford to level the score at 1-1 in the 29th minute.

In the second half, the clubs traded scoring opportunities but neither was able to add to their first half tally and the game ended in a 1-1 end in a draw.

The result means both the Sounders (0-1-1, 1 point) and Galaxy (0-0-1, 1 point), who were playing in their first Reserve League game of the season, earn their first points of campaign. Last week, LA were set to start the Reserve League season against the Los Angeles Blues but rescheduled their game due to their participation in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. A new date and time for that game has not been set yet.

Tune in to Time Warner Cable Deportes starting Wednesday, April 17 at noon PT to see a 30-minute Compacto of the match. Not sure if you have the channel? Find TWC Deportes on your cable provider here.

LA Galaxy 1, Seattle Sounders FC 1
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Home Depot Center – University Field #1 – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
SEA – Eriq Zavaleta 1 (Sammy Ochoa 1) 7’
LA – Hector Jimenez 1 (Penalty Kick) 29’

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Bryan Gaul (Yellow Card) 79’


LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Oscar Sorto, Tommy Meyer, Kofi Opare, Bryan Gaul; Michael Stephens (Paul Arriola^ 84’), Hector Jimenez (Colin Clark 84’), Rafael Garcia, Chandler Hoffman (Gyasi Zardes 73’); Jose Villarreal (Kenny Walker 39’), Charlie Rugg (Raul Mendiola^ 78’).

Subs Not Used: Kyle Reynish*, Nathan Smith^, Drew Murphy^.

^ - Galaxy Academy Players

* - Galaxy Guest Player

Seattle Sounders FC: Josh Ford; Dylan Remick, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni (Ashani Fariclough 68’), Marc Burch; Philip Lund, Servando Carrasco, Andy Rose, Josue Martinez* (Andrew Duran 46’); Eriq Zavaleta, Sammy Ochoa (Will Bates* 63’).

Subs Not Used: Doug Herrick*.

* - Sounders Guest Player

Referee: Jesse Cisneros
Referee’s Assistants: Omar Meza; Adrian Gonzalez
4th Official: Bernhard Hosu

Shots 7 (4)* 10 (8)
Shots on Goal 3 (2) 3 (2)
Saves 5 (4) 3 (2)
Fouls 7 (3) 7 (3)

*Full time total (first half total)