The path was paved, and all the LA Galaxy had to do was walk it. With their postseason destiny in their hands, and on a night that honored a legend, the G’s welcomed rivals, LAFC. Despite a stellar performance from the defense, the Galaxy weren’t able to get the needed win, but did avoid the loss, ending the night with a 1-1 draw and points split.
On a weekend where Galaxy legend, Landon Donovan, had his statue unveiled outside Dignity Health Sports Park, the home side wanted to cap the festivities off with a win over their most hated rivals. Unfortunately, it was LAFC who came out strong, netting the first goal of the night, behind a Mamadou Fall header from a corner kick.
The Galaxy didn't waste any time in responding. Just a few minutes later, it was Grandsir who went on an excellent run, and was rewarded with a perfect pass that put him through on goal. His cool finish brought the team level, where it would stay going into the halftime break.
The theme of the second half was the Bond, Jonathan Bond. The keeper not only did his part to keep LAFC off the scoresheet for the remainder of the match, but he did so with several highlight stops. While the visitors didn't have many clear shots to begin with, the ones they did have, were thwarted by the Englishman, who did all he can to keep his team in a position to win.
WHAT A WAY TO GET A FINGERTIP ON IT, BONDY! pic.twitter.com/BdfSXzsQGf— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) October 4, 2021
The win couldn't come for the Galaxy however, as they were unable to put the ball into the back of the net in the second half. Despite not coming away with the full three points, at the very least, they did well enough to come away with a point. While it may not feel like much, it goes a long way in keeping them in a playoff spot, with their destiny still in their hands. Whether they can find what it takes to get back on track, and into the win column, remains to be seen.
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