Galaxy settles for draw with Minnesota United

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Diego Fagúndez scored his second goal of the season shortly after subbing on in the second half as the Galaxy earn a point on the road against Minnesota United.

Following a slow start, the LA Galaxy scored back-to-back goals before conceding another goal on a set piece late to Minnesota United, settling for a 2-2 draw Wednesday night at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The draw places the Galaxy (5-2-6) in a four-way tie for second place in the MLS Western Conference with 21 points, tied with Minnesota, Colorado Rapids and crosstown rivals LAFC. 

The result also marked the third straight draw for the Galaxy. The team also is winless in its last four games.  

Bongokuhle Hlongwane opened the scoring for Minnesota in the 30th minute when he finished a deflected corner kick and sent it off the crossbar. A video replay confirmed it crossed the goal line. 

”In the first half, we were creating actions to try to play that one pass that was going to open up the game or unlock the game or to give us that one chance on goal,” Galaxy coach Greg Vanney said. “I thought in the second half, we found more opportunities.

“We dissected them with some passes that were a little clearer, and the timing was a little better.”

After entering as subs in the second half, Dejan Joveljic and Diego Fagúndez scored seven minutes apart in the second half for the Galaxy. Joveljic was left wide open near the penalty spot for an easy finish of Gabriel Pec’s cross on his first touch since entering the field.

Before Joveljic entered, he wasn’t sure how many chances he would get, considering how much the offense struggled in the first half.

“In the first half, actually, I thought it’s going to be impossible to win here because we could not create anything,” Joveljic said. “But in the second half, game just opened up and we had everything.”

Fagúndez gave the Galaxy a 2-1 lead in the 68th minute by finishing off a nice individual effort by the Galaxy’s maestro in the midfield, Riqui Puig, his eighth assist of the season.

The lead wouldn’t stay in the Galaxy’s hands for much longer after Arriaga tied it at 2-2 by heading in Joseph Rosales’ corner kick at the back post. 

”I always have regrets when we give up a goal, but having said that, we shouldn’t give up,” Vanney said. “We’ve got three center backs on the field, a striker and other pieces.

“We need to defend the set piece and see that play out.”

The Galaxy will next visit Charlotte FC at Bank of America Stadium at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.