The Galaxy celebrated Throwback Night in crazy fashion, giving up two quick goals before clawing back on set pieces to draw the Chicago Fire 2-2 on a chilly Saturday evening at the StubHub Center.
#LAGalaxy Starting XI: Diallo, Steres, Van Damme, Cole; Husidic, João Pedro; Zardes, Jones, Alessandrini; Giovani #GalaxyThrowback pic.twitter.com/YuY1kf6tQr— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) May 7, 2017
The Galaxy had quite possibly the worst first half in some time. In the 13th minute Nemanja Nikolic drew a penalty from Jelle Van Damme and David Accam converted from the spot, and three minutes later a turnover from Van Damme led to Nikolic easily escaping on a breakaway and passing a low finish past a beleaguered Rowe to send the crowd into a panic.
Moments later an Alessandrini cross was bungled by defender Brandon Vincent, giving Gyasi Zardes a clear look on goal centrally, but Zardes shanked his effort.
Strangely enough, Van Damme was subbed out in the 33rd minute for Dave Romney for tactical reasons. And when Jermaine Jones was smashed in the face from point-blank range and hurt his knee in the process, you wondered how things could possibly get worse.
Luckily, the second half was a different story altogether. LA got a lifetime when Daniel Steres redirected an Alessandrini corner kick into the left corner to half the deficit. It was the Galaxy’s first shot on goal.
Energized by the goal, LA surged forward, and the 66th minute another corner kick spared the Galaxy’s blushes: Alessandrini‘s service met David Romney, and his header fell to Giovani dos Santos who stabbed home to level the match.
Get in, @Dsteres44! https://t.co/YD21ColaJL #GalaxyThrowback pic.twitter.com/oRu0CRCmIC— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) May 7, 2017
The Galaxy had their chances, but couldn’t find a third as the game ended 2-2.