Landon Donovan salvaged a tie for the LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. After the Galaxy were down by a goal due to a controversial penalty, Donovan got the tying goal in the second half, taking away the victory from the Chicago Fire.
As reported by ESPN Deportes on Sunday, the Galaxy and the Fire had a 1-1 tie at Soldier Field Stadium. The goals scorers were Jeff Larentowicz for the Fire and Landon Donovan for the Galaxy.
The Galaxy controlled the ball more often than the Fire, 54 percent to 46 percent. However, the Chicago team had more shots on the Angelenos, 10 shots to five. Despite the fairly even statistics, the game ended in a tie.
The Chicago Fire took the lead by taking advantage of a defensive mistake made by the Galaxy which lead to a controversial penalty. Brazilian midfielder Juninho made a short pass back to his defense in which Quincy Amarikwa intercepted.
Juninho caught up to the Chicago striker and slid for the ball. The Brazilian midfielder took the ball away from Amarikwa on the left side, but the Chicago striker sold it as a clipping from the side. The ref bought the ticket and called a penalty as the incident occurred at the top of the box. Jeff Larentowicz converted the penalty against goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
The LA Galaxy kept fighting for the tie after the penalty. Landon Donovan salvaged the tie when he scored in the 74 minute of the match. Donovan’s goal came six minutes after Chicago scored with the controversial penalty.
A tie was not bad for the Galaxy despite the fact that the Angeleno team has been looking to for more victories. The LA Galaxy has had a slow start this season and will look to get more wins if it wants to look like a championship team again. A 1-1 tie in Chicago is not bad though.