A Saturday fit for a rivalry. The day was gorgeous, weather warm, and atmosphere thick. From the off, it was clear the LA Galaxy, both players and fans alike, wanted all the smoke. So did LAFC, which led to the most entertaining 3-3 draw that we have seen this MLS season.
It took approximately ten seconds before drama kicked off, when an early challenge on LAFC led to cries for a penalty, which was not given. For a majority of the first half, the real action was between the two supporters’ sections for the respective sides. Nothing physical, just good old fashioned chant battles. Though, it wouldn't take long for Galaxy to lead the battle on the pitch.
Dejan Joveljic took advantage of an LAFC defense that was caught napping. After their initial clearance was muffed, Dejan took possession, flicked it over the opposing goalkeeper, and gave the G’z the early lead.
The Galaxy did well to weather the storm for a majority of the remainder of the half. Key word, majority. Despite doing well to hold LAFC to zero shots on goal through eleven shots, LAFC benefitted from a penalty decision late in the half. Cristian Arango, who drew the initial call, stepped up and brought us level at one goal each heading into the break.
The second half started, and the floodgates opened. After LAFC attacker Brian Rodriguez, made several defenders look silly, he gave the home side the lead. However, it wouldn't take long for Joveljic to answer back. On the end of some great passing in the build-up, Joveljic found a clean look from close range, and put it in the back of the net for the 2-2 equalizer.
This match is always INSANE.— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 29, 2021
Dejan Joveljić with the finish from close range to get his second of the afternoon. pic.twitter.com/JRVKIgooOG
We were far from over though, as Brian Rodriguez netted his second of the night, giving the lead to the other guys. However, in true LAFC fashion this season, they were vulnerable near the end, and Kevin Cabral took advantage.
WE'RE ALL TIED UP!— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 29, 2021
WHAT A FINISH BY KEVIN CABRAL! pic.twitter.com/qV98m75Ao0
In the end, both teams left The Banc with a point, but the Galaxy will be feeling just a little bit better about the draw. The late goal from Cabral keeps them from extending the losing streak to three matches, while keeping them in fourth place in the Western Conference. The brief road trip continues with a trip to Colorado to face the Rapids next weekend.
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