It was a tale of two halves, with the 2-2 draw between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire showcasing the triumphs and woes that have defined the seasons of both clubs up to this point in the season.
The first half was a demonstration of the ways in which David Accam and the Fire can use speed to trouble defenses, with Chicago's left winger involved in the buildup to both goals - ultimately scoring the first off a penalty kick. The Galaxy for their part looked a step behind, and head coach Curt Onalfo chose to sub out captain Jelle Van Damme to make a statement.
In the second half the Galaxy came out with a renewed purpose and used a pair of set piece goals, a Fire weakness this season, to climb back into the match. Forward Giovani dos Santos was visibly relieved to manage his first goal since week 1 of the MLS season.
More to come...
- 13' - CHI - David Accam (PK) Watch
- 16' - CHI - Nemanja Nikolic Watch
- 56' - LA - Daniel Steres Watch
- 65' - LA - Giovani dos Santos Watch
- LA: Sunday, May 14th at New York Red Bulls (6:00 pm ET | FS1, MLS LIVE)
- CHI: Saturday, May 13th vs. Seattle Sounders (9:00 pm ET | ESPN2, MLS LIVE)
LA Galaxy Postgame Notes
LA Galaxy 2, Chicago Fire 2
Saturday, May 6, 2017
2017 MLS Regular Season
StubHub Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
CHI - David Accam 13’ (penalty)
CHI – Nemanja Nikolic 16’ (Assisted by David Accam)
LA – Dan Steres 56’ (Assisted by Romain Alessandrini)
LA – Giovani dos Santos 65’ (Assisted by Dave Romney, Romain Alessandrini)
CHI – Brandon Vincent 60’ (caution)
LA – Giovani dos Santos 74’ (caution)
LA – Bastian Schweinsteiger 90’ (caution)
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Bradley Diallo, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme © (Dave Romney 33’), Ashley Cole; João Pedro, Baggio Husidic; Gyasi Zardes (Jack McBean 87’), Jermaine Jones (Ema Boateng 43’), Romain Alessandrini; Giovani dos Santos.
Substitutions not used: Jon Kempin, Rafael Garcia, Jack McInerney, Jaime Villarreal
Head Coach: Curt Onalfo
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 4
Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Drew Conner (Jonathan Campbell 75’), Joao Meria, Brandon Vincent, Johan Kappelhof, Luis Solignac, Dax McCarty, David Accam (Michael de Leeuw 69’), Juninho © (Arturo Alvarez 88’), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Namanja Nikolic
Substitutions not used: Djordje Mihailovic, Jorge Bava, Daniel Johnson, Michael Harrington
Head Coach: Veljko Paunovic
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDE: 5; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 0
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry, Eduardo Mariscal
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz