LA Galaxy show grit in SuperClasico stalemate

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LA Galaxy came from behind to take a point against Chivas USA in the SuperClasico on Sunday night.

Erick Torres fired the Goats into the lead, before they were pegged back by Gyasi Zardes’ header before half-time.

The Galaxy dropped points on the teams in the play-off places though, and will be disappointed that they couldn’t convert their dominance into a vital second goal.

Captain Robbie Keane has an impressive record against Chivas, but he was missing through international duty with 23-year-old Brazilian Samuel posting an ineffective display in his place.

The visitors, meanwhile, have moved off the bottom of Major League Soccer with this result.

LA bossed most of the early possession, but the game’s first chance fell the Red-and-Whites’ way as Martin Rivero slipped in Leandro Barrera, whose shot was well held by Jaime Penedo.

The goalkeeper was again tested in the 17th minute, with Carlos Bocanegra charging onto Mauro Rosales’ corner and forcing the Panamanian to make a smart stop.

Chivas continued to create chances and were rewarded with a goal three minutes later.

Rivero found Torres in the area, and the 21-year-old skipped past Leonardo’s challenge and fired past Penedo for his ninth strike of the season. This was just the second time the Goats have hit the net in six meetings with their city neighbours.

With the majority of the action at the other end of the field, Dan Kennedy had been relatively untroubled, but soon made a quite stunning double-save. Landon Donovan curled a delicious effort towards the corner that the American tipped onto the post before pouncing on Marcelo Sarvas’ weak rebound.

In the 35th minute though, the hosts did find their way past the 31-year-old, as Zardes crashed a header into the roof of the net from Marcelo’s lovely chipped cross.

Despite a strong spell following the equaliser, the Galaxy weren’t able to create another opportunity until 13 minutes into the second half. Zardes did well to get on the end of Stefan Ishizaki’s cross, but strike partner Samuel blazed over from the powerful forward’s knock-down.

LA continued to struggle for a breakthrough, though they came close with Rob Friend’s looping header from a Dan Gargan long throw.

Juninho then worked Kennedy, who spilled before gathering at the second attempt as home forwards closed in.

Still the scores remained level, and in the 90th minute, substitute Chandler Hoffman took Friend’s chest-pass in his stride and shot inches off target.

But there was time for a final chance for the hosts.

Another Gargan throw bounced at the feet of Zardes, but the powerful forward missed his kick. Kennedy smothered Hoffman’s goal-wards stab before Baggio Husidic slammed the ball over the bar.

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