Jul 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) and goalkeeper David Bingham (1) celebrate a victory against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The LA Galaxy came from behind, once again this season, to draw 2-2 with Los Angeles FC in the second installment of El Trafico, and the first meeting between these two teams at Banc of California Stadium.
LAFC opened the scoring early in the 7th minute, when Carlos Vela beat Galaxy defender Michael Ciani and headed the ball away off a cross from Adama Diomande. This was the second dangerous opportunity within the same play. Diomande also tracked the ball to the right corner after a cross from the other side of the field sailed past the net without being converted.
Shortly after, LAFC had its highest high of the game, as well as the lowest low, all within the 20th minute. Mark-Anthony Kaye had to be substituted from the match due to an ankle injury later deemed to be a fracture significant enough for surgery. Just as Kaye’s replacement entered the match, LAFC’s Lee Nguyen scored the club’s second goal of the night off a set piece just outside the 18-yard box.
Tension was palpable within the stadium after LAFC scored its second: home fans knew a two-goal lead was great, but they also remembered losing a significant lead in the first match against the Galaxy.
The physical game soldiered on. Both sides played to a combined 37 fouls.
The Galaxy finally found their answer for LAFC in the 82nd minute, when midfielder Romain Alessandrini chested down a cross from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and buried the ball in the net.
Hurrying to reset in hopes of repeating history, the Galaxy found their tying goal in the 86th minute. Ola Kamara capitalized on a poor back pass to goalkeeper Tyler Miller and netted the equalizer.
LAFC withstood pressure and held the game to a 2-2 final, despite many last-ditch efforts from the Galaxy.
Looking ahead, the Galaxy will host Orlando City SC on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET, while LAFC gets a 10-day rest until Aug. 5th, when they travel to take on the New York Red Bulls.