Galaxy comeback to salvage draw against Nashville

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Riqui Puig led the Galaxy’s comeback efforts with a goal he curved past the goalkeeper to rejuvenate LA’s offense.

In dramatic fashion, LA Galaxy (1-0-2) mounted a late comeback from a two goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw against Nashville SC on Sunday.

Despite trailing by two goals after an hour of play, the G’s rallied together, led by Riqui Puig, who found the back of the net in the 67th minute, his timely strike injected renewed energy into the Galaxy’s attack.

Dejan Joveljic proved to be a potent threat in front of goal, poaching the equalizer, his third in as many matches. Joveljic’s goal made him the fifth player in the club’s history to score in each of the first three matches to start an MLS regular season, per Galaxy PR.

Nashville was able to capitalize after the Galaxy’s missed chances, frustrating LA defensively as they attempted to push forward, particularly on the right side of the pitch.

Nashville broke through after Joseph Paintsil was called for a penalty and Teal Bunbury put the hosts ahead 1-0 early in the second half.

Less than five minutes later, Nashville caught LA sleeping on transition and Dru Yearwood had made the score 2-0 with about 30 minutes left in regulation.

However, despite their valiant efforts, the Galaxy may rue the missed chances from the first half, including a saved penalty kick that could’ve been the difference maker. 

The squandered penalty kick by Joveljic in the first half, LA’s second miss in as many attempts to start the season, highlights a pressing issue as the G’s, an inability to find someone to take penalty kicks consistently. 

Puig also found himself offside when he had a chance to put the ball into the back of the net in the first half. 

The result keeps LA undefeated to start the 2024 campaign and puts the G’s in third place in the Western Conference standings.

Looking ahead, the Galaxy will have their work cut out for them as they prepare to St. Louis City SC at Dignity Health Sports Park, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.