One game in 100 words: With reigning MVP Robbie Keane still out for the LA Galaxy, the Red Bulls fielded the pitch at their home arena with a good chance to steal three points from the Western Conference power. And in the first half, New York’s 62-percent maintenance of possession revealed a squad that was ready to perform well; however, an exuberant youth single-handedly converted one of the few scoring attempts LA had, and Bruce Arena’s side finished the first 45 minutes with a 1-0 lead. NY brought it level eight minutes into the second half, and they each gained a point with the draw, viewed by both teams as a decent result.
New York: Felipe 58′
LA: Bradford Jamieson 9′
Three moments that mattered:
9’ — Bradford Jamieson’s first puts Galaxy on top — It was a magnificent effort for the 18-year-old’s first MLS goal. Jamieson solely challenged the Red Bulls’ defense, receiving a pass and slowly dribbling to the edge of the box before making several quick cuts. And with space opening for a shot, he nailed a low left-footer in the right side of the net to catapult the Galaxy ahead early on. The youngster has certainly made his case for extended minutes.
58’ — Felipe brings NY level — Lloyd Sam laid the ball off wide to Sal Zizzo, who rushed to the end line in hopes of directing a dangerous ball into the box. His ground-skidding cross initially connected with Wright-Phillips on the doorstep, but that attempt was blocked, to then deflect off Felipe’s head and drop into the net. Fortune here definitely favored the Red Bulls, now back in the mix for a possible victory.
74’ — Penedo blocks Wright-Phillips — Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo came up huge for his side with multiple stops on goalscoring threat Bradley Wright-Phillips, including a fantastic point-blank save in the 13th minute. This instance had the Panamanian in excellent position to thwart BWP once again, when the former Manchester City man forced Penedo into a high leaping sprawl to keep the game 1-1 in the match’s final minutes.
New York: Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Matt Miazga, Damien Perrinelle, Kemar Lawrence; Dax McCarty, Felipe, Lloyd Sam (Mike Grella 67’), Sacha Kljestan, Sal Zizzo (Dane Richards 75’); Bradley Wright-Phillips
LA: Jaime Penedo; Dan Gargan, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Robbie Rogers; Stefan Ishizaki (Mika Väyrynen 66’), Baggio Husidic, Juninho, Gyasi Zardes; Alan Gordon (Edson Buddle 72’), Bradford Jamieson (Rafael Garcia 90′ +3′)