September 18, 2016
Galaxy, Reds rally to draws
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2, LA GALAXY 2
|Landon Donovan's first goal since coming out of retirement lifted the LA Galaxy into a 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.
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KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Showing no signs of rust from his recently-ended retirement, Landon Donovan came off the bench to lift the LA Galaxy into a 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City Sunday at Children's Mercy Park.
Donovan ran onto a pass from Robbie Rogers and coolly left-footed the ball past goalkeeper Tim Melia in the 76th minute, two minutes after replacing starter Raul Mendiola.
Alan Gordon staked the Galaxy to a 1-0 with a seventh-minute header, but, boosted by Dom Dwyer, Sporting took control of things after the intermission. In the 50th minute, Dwyer blooped a pass toward the far post for Jacob Peterson, who got position on his defender and bounced a header into the net to level the score 1-1. In the 69th, Dwyer gave Sporting a 2-1 lead off a quickly-taken free kick. Benny Feilhaber served the ball to Saad Abdul-Salaam, who in turn squared it to Dwyer from the right side. Dwyer beat defender Daniel Steres to bury a shot from inside the six-yard box.
The one-point result was enough to lift the Galaxy (11-4-15, 48 pts) into second place in the MLS West. Sporting remain sixth on the table at 11-12-7 (40).
NEW YORK RED BULLS 3, TORONTO FC 3
TORONTO--For the fourth time this season, the New York Red Bulls squandered a two-goal lead, settling for a 3-3 draw with Toronto FC Sunday at BMO Field.
Former Red Bull Jozy Altidore salvaged the point for Eastern Conference leaders Toronto (13-8-8, 47 pts), scoring in the 68th and 86th minutes. The first was a 28-yard golazo, and the second a hard 17-yarder past netminder Luis Robles. Michael Bradley put the Reds on the board in the 41st minute, beating his defender on a run into the box for Justin Morrow's pass from deep on the left side, then notched the game-winning assist.
The Red Bulls (12-9-9, 45) got an early gift from Toronto defender Steven Beitashour, who deflected Bradley Wright-Phillips' pass into his own net in the 12th minute. Wright-Phillips made the score 2-0 in the 31st, off another Toronto defensive error, doing the honors after Daniel Royer forced backliner Eriq Zavaleta into a turnover. He finished with a brace after beating 'keeper Alex Bono from 12 yards in the 48th minute
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