On the road and down a man, LA Galaxy II earn a 1-1 draw against rivals Sacramento FC at Bonney Field on Saturday night.
Clement Diop was tested early in this match. In the fifth minute, Danny Barrera had a go from outside of the box. His low, curling attempt flew through traffic. The French goalkeeper, though, read the effort and made a fine stop to keep things scoreless early.
Los Dos' first opportunity came 15 minutes into the match. Off of a corner kick, Jeffrey Payeras had a half chance following a diving header that missed the near post by a couple of inches.
Pressure had been building for most of the opening 45 minutes and it paid off at the perfect time. Jose Villarreal beat a defender down the left hand side before sending in a cross towards the near post. 18-year-old Ethan Zubak made a great run to the near post. The intelligent movement allowed Zubak to expertly finish into the bottom right hand corner right before the halftime interval.
It looked as if LA Galaxy II were going to be able to hold onto the three points on the road. However, things changed in the 75th minute. Bryam Rebellon got his name into the referee's book for the second time in the match as the Galaxy went down to 10-men.
And five minutes later, Sacramento managed to get the equalizing goal. Cameron Iwasa's initial shot was saved by Clement Diop. The rebound, unfortunately, fell straight into the path of Wilson Kneeshaw who made no mistake with his finish.
With the draw, the Galaxy remain in fourth place in the league on 44 points. Meanwhile, Sacramento move down to second as the Colorado Springs Switchbacks jump into first.
Los Dos concludes the USL regular season next weekend. They welcome in RSL Monarchs FC to the Track and Field stadium. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM PST.