The game played this Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park stadium between LA Galaxy and St. Louis City ended in a 2-2 draw between the two contenders.
The goals of the game for the local team were scored by Riqui Puig (7′ 2T, penalty) and Billy Sharp (37′ 2T). While the away goal was scored by Samuel Adeniran (3′ 1T) and João Klauss (27′ 1T).
With 21 shots on goal, LA Galaxy was the team that finished the most during the match. However, he failed to convert to win: 12 shots on three posts and 7 shots outside.
Billy Sharp’s performance was excellent. The LA Galaxy attacker shined by scoring 1 goal and kicking 3 times.
Another player who had a great game was Roman Bürki. The goalkeeper of St. Louis City was the protagonist against LA Galaxy: he had 6 shots.
The process of the match was contested and there was a lot of friction during the 90 minutes. There are many to blame: Joakim Nilsson, Samuel Adeniran, Anthony Markanich and Kyle Hiebert. Samuel Adeniran was sent off after receiving his second yellow card, in the 60th minute of the second half.
LA Galaxy coach Greg Vanney presented a 4-5-1 tactical setup with Jonathan Bond in goal; Mauricio Cuevas, Maya Yoshida, Chris Mavinga and Julián Aude in the defensive line; Edwin Cerrillo, Oriol Rosell, Douglas Costa, Riqui Puig and Tyler Boyd in the middle; and Dejan Joveljic in attack.
For its part, Bradley Carnell’s team came out with a 4-4-2 tactical layout with Roman Bürki between the three sticks; Akil Watts, Tim Parker, Joakim Nilsson and Anthony Markanich on defense; Jared Stroud, Njabulo Blom, Eduard Löwen and Aziel Jackson in midfield; and João Klauss and Samuel Adeniran in front.
Filip Dujic was in charge of managing the order of the game during the match.
The LA Galaxy will fulfill their free date in this competition, while the St. Louis City will play as a guest against Houston Dynamo.