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LA Galaxy draw Seattle Sounders 2-2 down a player nearly entire game

CARSON, Calif. — In a crucial Western Conference matchup, the LA Galaxy drew 2-2 with the Seattle Sounders in front of an announced 26,213 in attendance at Dignity Health Sports Park. Defender Daniel Steres received a straight red card in the 6th minute of play, leaving the Galaxy down a player for almost the entire match. 

LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for a second consecutive game, scored both goals for the Galaxy. In this match, however, defensive errors, including an own goal from Jorgen Skjelvik, led to the Galaxy dropping points in the standings rather than walking away with the win. 

Seattle opened the scoring in the 42nd minute of play, with Raúl Ruidíaz firing away a shot to the back post. The play started after Sounders midfielder Jordan Morris attempted a spin move in the box, but was caught up on his own feet and fell to the turf. Luckily for Seattle, Harry Shipp recovered the ball and found Ruidíaz to his right.

The Galaxy were quick to find a response three minutes later. Midfielder Sebastian Lletget sent a curling ball to the back post where Ibrahimovic was waiting to head it into the net to find the equalizer just before halftime.

Ibrahimovic found his second goal of the night in the 62nd minute by finishing a penalty kick that he drew himself. He was taken down in the box by Seattle midfielder Kim Kee-hee and referee Robert Sibiga called the foul. For the first time in the match, the Galaxy had the lead 2-1. 

Their luck would run out before the end of the match. Skjelvik was hit in the head by a ball cleared by goalkeeper David Bingham. The ball found the back of the net before Skjelvik could catch up to it, putting the score at 2-2.

Coming up for the Galaxy, they will face Liga MX side Cruz Azul on Tuesday night in a Leagues Cup semifinal match, and will face crosstown rival LAFC on Sunday for their next MLS regular season match. 

This is an early recap. Check back for updates.

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