Two late first half goals propelled the LA Galaxy to a come back lead, but in the end the Red Bulls stormed back to halt the seven game unbeaten streak.
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The high press of the Red Bulls troubled LA early: In fact the Galaxy were basically run off the field. Daniel Royer in particular was wasteful on a few golden opportunities before center back Amro Tarek was first to a cross on a clever set piece and passed the ball past David Bingham and in.
Both teams were denied goals due to the cruelty of VAR, but LA would adjust and eventually break the press to devastating effect. Diego Polenta dribbled down the middle of the park before finding Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the right flank, and Ibra squared an inch-perfect ball to the onrushing Uriel Antuna at the far post for a tap-in.
Five minutes later it was Diego Polenta again playing provider, setting up Chris Pontius for a one-time diving header from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 2-1 LA at the half.
The Galaxy tend to struggle in the second half of matches, and it was somewhat predictable when Marc Rzatkowski broke free centrally in the box to blast a shot past Bingham to level the match. Things went from bad to worse when substitute Derek Etienne Jr. pulled off a similar feat, finding himself open inside the box courtesy of Daniel Royer to place a low finish in between Bingham and Rolf Feltscher.
LA smashed the post on several occasions and missed countless chances in agonizing fashion as they were unable to find the equalizer, falling 3-2 to the Red Bulls.