The Galaxy entered the team’s first-ever matchup against St. Louis City FC with the least amount of points in the MLS and having just lost their captain Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez for the season due to a torn ACL.
Meanwhile, St. Louis, the newest team in MLS, entered Sunday’s matchup as the leaders of the Western Conference, having won three of their previous four games.
Despite this, the Galaxy traveled to St. Louis and were able to come away with a point against the conference leaders after a 1-1 draw Sunday.
“We had to grind and battle for everything that we get and tonight, the guys did it. And they stuck in it after giving up a goal. LA Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney said after the result.
St. Louis opened up the scoring after a great touch from Nicholas Gioacchini, who sent the ball well above Bond’s outstretched arms give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Douglas Costa, starting in his first game since April, assisted the tying goal after sending the ball screaming toward Daniel Aguirre who just needed to tap in his second goal with the club.
While Aguirre scored the crucial goal, LA goalkeeper Jonathan Bond arguably had the most important moment of the match when just minutes after allowing a goal, St. Louis would come charging again.
After a nearly costly turnover from Jalen Neal, Indiana Vassilev led the counter-attack up until his shot was saved by Bond to keep the game within reach for the Galaxy.
In its inaugural season, St. Louis City has earned a Western Conference-leading 29 points, narrowly edging the Seattle Sounders by a point. The Galaxy find themselves tied with the Colorado Rapids at bottom of the league table, sharing the lowest point total of 13.
Next, the Galaxy will return home to face Sporting KC on Wednesday, June 21. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.