Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Wild finish leaves Galaxy and RSL tied, 2-2
by Ridge Mahoney, May 7th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Precious few games pack more action and drama into stoppage time than the rest of the match, but by such a remarkable scenario Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles wound up tied, 2-2, Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Two penalty kicks and three goals occurred after the end of regulation, marking only the second time in league history so many goals had been scored in stoppage time. Mike Magee's goal for the Galaxy in the 94th minute ended an incredible sequence during which Landon Donovan tied the game, 1-1, with a penalty kick whistled for a handball by Will Johnson, who himself broke the tie with a spot kick after Bryan Jordan was called for a foul on Fabian Espindola.

Johnson, inadvertently, also played a role on the final goal. A deflected shot looped to Magee on the left side of the penalty area, and he somehow slipped the ball between the feet of keeper Chris Seitz from a nearly impossible angle as Johnson and his teammates appealed. Johnson, though, stationed on the opposite side of the box, had failed to push up and replays indicated Magee clearly not offside.

The rapid-fire ending hadn't seemed possible during the preceding 90 minutes. RSL took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when Robbie Findley stooped at the near post to direct a Clint Mathis corner kick past Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts. He nearly scored again early in the second half but headed a Chris Wingert cross narrowly wide.

RSL players protested fiercely when referee Michael Kennedy called a handball on Johnson, who scuffed a clearance and moved his right arm as the ball popped up and struck it. Donovan hit a rather poor penalty to Seitz's left and the ball snuck into the net off the keeper's arm to tie the game in the 91st minute.

It was the Galaxy's turn to howl a minute later. Mathis swung a ball from the right flank to the far post and Espindola went down under some mild pressure, and perhaps a jersey grab, from Jordan. Johnson thumped home his penalty to give RSL what turned out to be a brief lead instead of three points.

A hard collision left RSL defender Nat Borchers stretched out on the grass for several minutes midway through the second half and he was replaced by David Horst.

The Galaxy has tied six of its eight games (1-1-6), while RSL (3-3-2) wound up deadlocked for the second time this season. Next up are the top two teams in the Western Conference; RSL travels west to play Chivas USA on Saturday; Los Angeles is headed to Seattle for a Sunday high-noon showdown with the Sounders.

May 6 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake 2, Los Angeles 2

Goals: Findley (Mathis) 34, Johnson (pen.) 92+; Donovan (pen.) 91+, Magee 94+.
Los Angeles -- Ricketts, Franklin, Berhalter, Gonzalez, Dunivant, Klein (Jordan, 61), Kovalenko, Miglioranzi (Magee, 76), Lewis (Gordon, 69), Buddle, Donovan.
Real Salt Lake -- Seitz, Beltran, Wingert, Borchers (Horst 69), Russell, Williams (Grabavoy, 77), Beckerman, Mathis, Johnson, Findley, Movsisyan (Espindola 56).
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Att.: 16,155.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions ...
AEG antes up at StubHub Center    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The LA Galaxy's owner, AEG, will invest over $15 million to improve facilities and ...
Another MLS flop in Central America    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Two days after the Portland Timbers, needing as little as a one-goal loss ...
Western Conference heavyweights square off    
[MLS: Three Games to Watch] Though only one playoff slot is yet to be determined between ...
Three players suspended for season finales    
[MLS DISCIPLINE] The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced Thursday three suspensions stemming from incidents occurring in matches ...
U.S. under-18 men's national team roster    
[CARSON CAMP] Head coach Javier Perez named a 36-player roster for the U.S. under-18 men's national ...
Cuellar stakes rebuilding work on qualifying    
[SCOUTING REPORT: Mexico] Four years ago in the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship, Mexico beat ...
What They're Saying: Dunga    
"We suggest things so that there's a better atmosphere. We explained it to players and we ...
A horrible, hilarious PK miss     
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] You really must watch this botched penalty kick several times to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives