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LA Galaxy draw 1-1 with Chicago Fire on road

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The LA Galaxy (4-3-4, 16 pts) found an equalizer to pull out a 1-1 draw on the road to the Chicago Fire on a hot and humid midwestern day that saw LA play most of the match with heavy legs. Landon Donovan knocked in a Robbie Rogers cross for the LA goal

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The LA Galaxy (4-3-4, 16 pts) found an equalizer to pull out a 1-1 draw on the road to the Chicago Fire on a hot and humid midwestern day that saw LA play most of the match with heavy legs. Landon Donovan knocked in a Robbie Rogers cross for the LA goal, after Rogers had to come in as an emergency injury sub when Dan Gargan went down.


LA went an hour without a shot inside the penalty area, as Bruce Arena had a flat four midfield playing without a real central attacker. Kenney Walker started again with Marcelo Sarvas beginning the match on the bench, but neither he nor Juninho had much of a relationship with Donovan or Robbie Keane up top.

Fullbacks are in even shorter supply for LA now, with Robbie Rogers having to go in just before halftime with Dan Gargan feeling the effects of a head knock and the heat. Rogers did well in his second appearance of the season, twice sending in a low early cross than on the second go Donovan was able to smash in.

Donovan's smash and grab came as LA found a second wind with Gyasi Zardes coming into the match pushing Donovan back into the midfield. Donovan designated as a wide midfielder playing centrally isn't a long term solution, but on the day it got the attack working correctly again.

The Chicago Fire haven't beaten LA at Toyota Park since 2008, with the Galaxy riding a five match unbeaten streak at the Fire's home field. The Fire did manage to beat LA in Carson on August 1st, 2010. It's been since August of 2013 since the Galaxy were able to get three points on the road.