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Galaxy, Minnesota settle for tie after late goals – Daily News


SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Sacha Kljestan broke a scoreless tie with a penalty kick goal in the 83rd minute for the Galaxy, but Minnesota United came up with its own late goal to forge a 1-1 tie on Wednesday night.

Robin Lod scored the equalizer for United in the 87th minute when he connected on a sliding left-footed shot from the top of the center of the box off a crossing pass from D.J. Taylor. It was his team-best fifth goal of the season.

Kljestan’s goal came after a video replay showed that Minnesota defender Michael Boxall had deflected Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s header in the middle of the box with his left arm. Kljestan then fired a right-footed shot into the left corner of the net.

Jonathan Bond had seven saves for the Galaxy (6-4-2, 20 points), who were outshot 17-12 including 8-4 in shots on goal.

Dayne St. Clair finished with three saves for Minnesota (4-5-3, 15 points), which had a three-match losing streak snapped.

Minnesota, trying to bounce back from a 3-1 loss at Seattle on Sunday, outshot the Galaxy 12-2 in a scoreless first half and had a 4-1 edge in shots on goal.

Both teams had excellent scoring chances in the first five minutes.

Minnesota defender Bakaye Dibassy flicked a header after an Emanuel Reynoso corner kick just over the crossbar by the near post in the fourth minute.

Just a minute later, the Galaxy’s Rayan Raveloson had a straight-on, right-footed shot from inside the box that St. Clair deflected over the crossbar with both hands.

Bond also stopped a Taylor header in the 19th minute off a Franco Fragapane cross and came up with a big save on a Lod left-footed attempt from the center of the box in the 37th minute.



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