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
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
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
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
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.: