September 11, 2016
DC rallies against Red Bulls; Dos Santos paces Galaxy
NEW YORK RED BULLS 2, DC UNITED 2
|Lamar Neagle's stoppage-time goal lifted DC United into a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
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HARRISON, NJ--DC United trailed by two in the 88th minute, but rallied to a dramatic 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.
Defender Steve Birnbaum made it a one-goal game in the 89th minute, and substitute Lamar Neagle leveled the score in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
The Red Bulls were firmly in control for most of the match, taking a 1-0 lead on Gonzalo Veron's unassisted goal in the 35th minute and doubling their advantage through Bradley Wright-Phillips, who took over the MLS goal scoring lead in the 54th, with his 18th of the season. Veron scored for the first time as a starter with a header from the crowded goalmouth. Wright-Phillips ran onto a leading ball from Daniel Royer and slotted a shot past goalkeeper Bill Hamid.
Birnbaum's initial 17-yard shot was blocked by a defender, but he put DC on the board off the rebound. Neagle's equalizer came off a desperation last-second corner kick that even drew Hamid into the mix in front of the Red Bulls goal. With 'keeper Luis Robles out of position, Patrick Mullins tapped the ball across the goalmouth to Neagle, who was unmarked just off the right post.
The result cost the Red Bulls (12-9-8, 44 pts) a share of first place in the MLS East. DC are tied on points with seventh-place New England at 7-9-12 (33).
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LA GALAXY 4, ORLANDO CITY SC 2
CARSON, Calif.--Giovani dos Santos had two goals and two assists to lead the LA Galaxy past Orlando City SC 4-2 Sunday at the StubHub Center.
The Mexican forward's second goal, a penalty kick on the cusp of halftime, sealed the win. Dos Santos opened the scoring in the 35th minute and assisted on goals by Alan Gordon and Robbie Keane. Landon Donovan saw his first minutes for the Galaxy since coming out of retirement last week, replacing Raul Mendiola in the 83rd minute.
Orlando City's Kevin Molino opened the scoring in the 20th minute, off the rebound after Cyle Larin's shot was saved by netminder Brian Rowe, and Brek Shea closed it out with a right-footed one-timer in the second minute of stoppage time.
Dos Santos put the Galaxy on the board from point blank range, easily beating unprotected netminder Joe Bendik from inside the six-yard box. Gordon made the score 2-1 from virtually the same spot, volleying home a square pass from Jelle van Damme. Dos Santos netted the deciding pk after defender Jose Aja upended Gordon in the penalty area.
Keane, who came off the bench for Gordon in the 60th minute, completed LA's four-goal run with an open-netter after Bendik advanced to the top of the penalty area to try and head off a breakaway led by dos Santos.
The Galaxy take over second place in the MLS West at 11-4-14 and 47 points, while the Lions drop to 7-8-13 (34), with a slim one-point hold on sixth place in the East.
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