It was something of an attacker’s duel, but in the end LA Galaxy II grabbed an edge to come from behind to beat Las Vegas Lights FC 3-2 Tuesday in USL Championship action.
Quincy Amarikwa, an experienced MLS forward now playing for Las Vegas, set up two early goals to put the visitors ahead, before a brace by Augustine Williams overturned the result for Los Dos, and pushed them back up to 2nd place in Group B.
The scoring started in the 22nd minute, as Seth Moses received a throughball from Amarikwa to give Las Vegas the lead, before Yamikani Chester added a second goal six minutes later, set up similarly by Amarikwa.
But Los Dos found a response in the 37th minute, as Omar Ontiveros made a mazy run up the right flank and sent in a terrific cross to Williams, who tapped it in on the doorstep to make it 2-1.
They tied up the game just after the hour mark, with Mauricio Cuevas playing long and Jonathan Perez latching onto it, Perez burying his chance with a composed finish.
Then LA got the winner in the final 10 minutes, after Williams tried to receive another ball over the top in Las Vegas’ box, with Lights FC goalkeeper Lalo Delgado crashing into him, with a referee calling a penalty. Williams stepped up himself at the spot, and converted the PK to make it 3-2.
The win puts Los Dos in 2nd place in Group B, two points ahead of San Diego Loyal and three ahead of Orange County SC. With four games left to go, and matches against those two teams ahead, the playoff picture is far from assured but Los Dos are fully in the thick of the action, with their next game coming up next Wednesday at home against San Diego.
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