The LA Galaxy (14-5-8, 50 pts) came back from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Montreal Impact on Wednesday. This extended the Galaxy's unbeaten streak to six matches, with five of those wins. This was the Galaxy's fifth draw when giving up the first goal and second draw when trailing at halftime.
Gyasi Zardes' goal was his fifteenth on the season, extending his record for an MLS Homegrown Player in a single season and for most goals by an American this year. Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan notched their thirteenth and fifteenth assists respectively. Zardes now leads the Galaxy in goals this season.
Whatever Bruce Arena told his players at halftime worked, but moreso it was his willingness to admit a mistake. Starting with three players at the back didn't work nearly the way it did against ten man Colorado. Leonardo was consistently out of position, and the midfield wasn't able to hold against Montreal's own five man midfield.
Robbie Rogers came in making his return from injury, and things settled down. Zardes continued to exploit his newfound skill of getting into small areas to receive carefully placed passes. Alan Gordon scored his third goal for the Galaxy. After coming in for Baggio Husidic his nose for goal style was exactly what LA needed for an equalizer.
However the match was one step forward and two steps back for the Galaxy in terms of personnel available for the San Jose match on Sunday. They got back Robbie Rogers, but lost Landon Donovan and Dan Gargan to yellow card accumulation. James Riley is going to have to go on Sunday. The team is running out of options.
A point on the road means at best the Sounders could put four points between them with a win on Friday. The Galaxy will end the week with an extra match on their Sounder counterparts, and it's not yet close enough to dream of winning out to finish. A point out of the cross-country matchups is always good, especially on a weekday. It's San Jose that's of the must win variety.