On Galaxy Throwback night, Sigi Schmid’s side came back from a two goal deficit before a 84th minute penalty kick gave the the New York Red Bulls a 3-2 victory at the StubHub Center.
With Rolf Feltscher out after tearing a pectoral muscle, Dave Romney earned the start at right back, Giovani dos Santos lined up behind Zlatan and Ola Kamara was shuffled to the wing in a bid to maximize the talent available in the starting 11.
In just the second minute, Lletget found himself outside the 18 and attempted to pass a shot into that Robles had to push wide. Minutes later, Gio chested a loose ball down before slicing a half-volley that required another save.
Against the run of play, New York got on the board in the 7th minute when Bradley Wright-Phillips was let loose on the right flank and expertly squared a cross in between Jorgen Skjelvic and a sprawling David Bingham for Daniel Royer to pound home.
The Galaxy thought they had equalized when Romain Alesandrini finished off an attacking sequence however Ola Kamara was ruled offside. LA were on the ropes when Tyler Adams’ shot from close-range required Bingham to be at his best before Aaron Long’s glancing header kissed off the right post but the score remained 1-0.
Things looked bleak when Jesse Marsch’s team doubled their lead five minutes into the second half courtesy of another BWP assist, but the Galaxy attack would soon spring to life. In the 59th minute Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned playmaker, playing Ola Kamara through New York’s back line and the Norwegian international beat Robles to put LA in business.
Seven minutes later Gio got on the end of a Romney redirect in the box and bundled the ball past Robles to tie the match, but for the second week running LA were undone by a questionable penalty kick call: Romney was judged to have handled a cross inside the box, and Kaku neatly dispatched a low shot past Bingham to win the match for the Red Bulls late.