HARRISON, N.J. – The defending MLS Cup champions and this season’s pace setters squared off in an entertaining affair Sunday night, as the LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls fought to a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena.
A second-half equalizer from Felipe allowed the Red Bulls (3-0-3) to remain unbeaten in the 2015 campaign – the last team in MLS that has earned at least a point in each of its games.
The Galaxy (3-2-3), fueled by Bradford Jamieson IV’s first MLS goal, stayed unbeaten in their last three.
Missing star striker and reigning MVP Robbie Keane, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena opted to insert 18-year-old Academy product Jamieson into the starting lineup, and the move paid near-instant dividends. A moment of brilliance from the US U-20 forward opened the scoring in the ninth minute – the only goal New York has allowed in three games at Red Bull Arena this season.
The Red Bulls nearly found the equalizer just four minutes later as Sacha Kljestan picked out forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, but his first-time effort was parried away by Galaxy 'keeperJaime Penedo at point-blank range.
As the match ticked on, it looked as if New York would suffer defeat for the first time this season, but a fortuitous bounce saw the Red Bulls find the equalizer in the 58th minute. WingerSal Zizzo burst down the left flank before providing low service to Wright-Phillips. Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza deflected the Englishman’s effort, but the deflection found its way onto the head of Felipe, who knew little about his first goal in a Red Bulls uniform.
With the match deadlocked, the Red Bulls pushed for the winner and nearly found it in the waning minutes of the match as a Felipe free kick was inches too long for midfielder Mike Grella’s touch at the far post.
The Red Bulls have a quick turnaround as the Colorado Rapids come to town Wednesday night, while the Galaxy return to Los Angeles to take on that same Rapids squad Saturday night.
LA Galaxy 1, New York Red Bulls 1
Saturday, April 26, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. PT
MLS Regular Season
Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
LA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Assisted by Stefan Ishizaki) 9’
NYRB – Felipe (unassisted) 58’
LA – Gyasi Zardes (caution) 14’
NYRB – Matt Miazga (caution) 29’
LA – Alan Gordon (caution) 44’
NYRB – Dax McCarty (caution) 66’
LA – Robbie Rogers (caution) 81’
LA – Omar Gonzalez (caution) 82’
LA Galaxy: Jaime Penedo; Dan Gargan, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Rogers; Stefan Ishizaki (Mike Vayrynen 66’), Juninho ©, Baggio Husidic, Gyasi Zardes; Bradford Jamieson IV (Rafael Garcia 90’+3), Alan Gordon (Edson Buddle 72’).
Substitutions not used: Brian Rowe, Leonardo, Tommy Meyer, Ignacio Maganto.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 17; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 3.
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Matt Miazga, Kemar Lawrence, Damien Perrinelle, Chris Duvall; Dax McCarty ©, Sal Zizzo (Dane Richards 75’), Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam (Mike Grella 68’), Felipe; Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Substitutions not used: Kyle Reynish, Anatole Bertrand Abang, Roy Miller, Karl Ouimette, Sean Davis.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 4.
Referee: Ted Unkel
Referee’s Assistants: Matthew Nelson and Kevin Klinger
4th Official: Jorge Gonzalez
- The LA Galaxy earned a 1-1 draw on the road against the New York Red Bulls Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena behind a goal from Bradford Jamieson IV.
- The Galaxy are now 3-2-3 on the season (12 points).
- The Galaxy are now unbeaten in three straight games.
- On the road this season, LA have gone 0-2-2, scoring 3 goals and conceding 6.
- In MLS Regular Season games played at Red Bull Arena, the Galaxy are now 1-2-1 all time.
- Against New York Red Bulls, the Galaxy are now 16-18-7 with 58 goals in MLS Regular Season matches.
- The Galaxy remain winless in their last 10 MLS matches on the road away from StubHub Center, including last year’s MLS Cup Playoffs matches. During that span, the team has gone 0-5-5.
- Bradford Jamieson IV scored the first goal of his MLS career when he tallied in the ninth minute. The 18-year old now has a goal and an assist in four career appearances.
- Jamieson IV is the second-youngest player in LA Galaxy history to score a goal, behind Jack McBean, who scored as a 16 year old.
- Head Coach Bruce Arena made two changes to the starting XI that faced Sporting Kansas City last week as Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes started in place of Tommy Meyer and Rafael Garcia.
- LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez made his 200th appearance with the Galaxy in all competitions (MLS Regular Season, MLS Cup Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League).
- In the 57 MLS regular season games as a center back tandem, Omar Gonzalez and AJ DeLaGarza are 32-9-16 together only allowing 46 goals with 24 shutouts.
- The Galaxy were without the services of Robbie Keane, Todd Dunivant, Kenney Walker and Brian Perk, who were held out due to injury.
- Jaime Penedo started in his fourth-consecutive match, making his fifth appearance this season. In 42 games with the Galaxy all time, Penedo is now 21-19-13.
- Robbie Rogers made his seventh start at left back this season. After making the move to defense full-time with a start against Chivas USA on June 8, 2014, the Galaxy have gone 15-4-9 in all MLS competitions in which Rogers appeared, including MLS Cup Playoffs and the MLS Cup Final.
- A week after making his first-ever MLS start, LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV started in his second-consecutive game. It was his fourth MLS appearance for the Galaxy.
- With captain Robbie Keane out with an injury, midfielder Juninho wore the captain’s armband. It was the third-straight match and fourth game this season that the Brazilian has captained the Galaxy.
- The Galaxy are now 40-19-21 all-time in the month of April, scoring 124 goals.
- LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena is now 179-106-67 in his career.
- The LA Galaxy are back in action next Saturday, May 2 when they return to StubHub Center for a matchup against Western Conference side Colorado Rapids live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes at 7:30 p.m. PT.