MLS Spring Training: Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 L.A. Galaxy 2

Tampa Bay rallied to earn a 2-2 draw with Los Angeles at Lockhart Stadium on March 20. Both teams are now 1-0-1 in MLS' Spring Training 2001 Preseason Tournament. Following a wild finish to regulation, both teams continued to generate chances in the two overtime sessions. Mutiny guest player Paul Schneider headed an easy chance from point-blank range over the bar in the 96th minute. Los Angeles' Pete Vagenas missed a similar header opportunity in the 99th minute. Tampa Bay forced overtime in the final moments of regulation. Carlos Valderrama chipped neat pass into the box for Steve Ralston. Ralston tapped the ball around the Galaxy defense, only to have Los Angeles defender Paul Caligiuri knock it down with his hand in the box. Valderrama converted the ensuing penalty kick to knot the score at 2-2. Los Angeles went up 2-1 in the 83rd minute. Second-half substitute Sheldon Thomas took a Cobi Jones feed into the right corner of the box and ripped a sharp-angle shot over the shoulder of Mutiny goalkeeper Scott Garlick. After trailing for most of the match, the Mutiny drew even in the 78th minute on a spectacular goal from Schneider. Schneider took a feed from Jair, another guest player, about 14 yards out from goal and in one motion turned toward the goal and side-volleyed a rocket into the upper right-hand corner of the goal to draw the Mutiny even at 1-1. After missing on several golden opportunities to score, the Galaxy broke through in the 39th minute. Defender Danny Califf headed a Cobi Jones corner kick past Garlick for the opening goal. Los Angeles' Sasha Victorine hit the crossbar in the 20th minute, and unmarked rookie Brian Ching sent the ball over the bar from the six yard line in the 10th minute of play. Cobi Jones, who just re-signed with MLS on Saturday, made his Spring Training debut for the Galaxy. The veteran played in a central, attacking midfield role instead of his customary forward or wing midfield positions. Mutiny goalkeeper Scott Garlick was forced to make eight saves, as the Galaxy controlled most of this contest. Garlick set an MLS record with 184 saves last season for Tampa Bay. "I felt good out there, we are still learning to play this 3-5-2 system," Garlick said. "It looked like we were going to loose, but it builds confidence to pull out a draw here." The Galaxy now have seven tournament points at MLS' Spring Training Preseason tourney, while the Mutiny also have seven. Los Angeles closes its Spring Training account against D.C. United on March 23. Tampa Bay will face Miami on March 24 to close the tournament. March 20 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 L.A. Galaxy 2. Goals: Schneider (Jair, Ralston) 78, Valderrama (pen.) 93; Califf (Jones) 38, Thomas (Jones) 83. Tampa Bay -- Scott Garlick, Chad McCarty (John Maessner 46), Steve Trittschuh, Ritchie Kotschau, Joseph Addo (Kevin Anderson 94+), Josh Keller (Jair 61), Steve Ralston, Eric Quill, Carlos Valderrama, Ali Curtis (Paul Schneider 75), Mamadou Diallo (Amos Magee 79, Devin Barclay 91). Los Angeles -- Matt Reis, Paul Caligiuri, Danny Califf, Adam Frye, Ezra Hendrickson, Cobi Jones, Danny Pena (Peter Vagenas 63), Alex Bengard (Simon Elliott 46), Marvin Quijano, Sasha Victorine (Sheldon Thomas 75), Brian Ching.
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