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Galaxy road loss to Chicago ends unbeaten streak

Melissa Tamez-USA TODAY Sports
It rained buckets and trickled goals at Soldier Field as Chicago Fire FC beat the Galaxy, 2-1, on Saturday, and snapped LA’s unbeaten streak at six matches.

It rained buckets and trickled goals at Soldier Field as Chicago Fire FC beat the Galaxy, 2-1, on Saturday, and snapped LA’s unbeaten streak at six matches.

The Galaxy’s lone goal came from designated player Riqui Puig, who earlier on this week signed a lucrative contract extension through 2027. Puig took a penalty shot in the seventh minute after a handball by Chicago defender Rafael Czichos in the box.

Puig, the team’s highest scorer (14 goals), has scored a goal in three consecutive matches and six overall this season.

“This extension is both a recognition of what Riqui has accomplished, as well as a symbol of our mutual belief and commitment that we can win championships with him as a centerpiece of our team,” LA Galaxy General Manager Will Kuntz said. “We are excited that Riqui is settled here in LA, as the pursuit for our sixth MLS Cup continues.”

The Galaxy (7-3-7, 28 points) was attempting to win three straight matches for the first time under coach Greg Vanney.  Their efforts were foiled by homegrown midfielder Brian Gutiérrez who registered an assist and the go-ahead goal.

After scoring the first goal of the match, Los Angeles dominated possession until Chicago’s Hugo Cuypers’ 32nd-minute goal equalized. Still tied in the 61st minute, Gutiérrez intercepted the ball at midfield and sent a ball hitting the posts before crossing the goal line over Galaxy goalkeeper Novak Micovic, who made two saves in his second career start during the rainy night.

It marked Chicago’s first victory since April 9th, ending a nine-match winless streak.

LA Galaxy are off until June 15, when they meet Sporting Kansas City in a 7:30 p.m. match at Dignity Health Sports Park.

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