The Galaxy had gone 350 minutes without a goal. After failing to score through ninety minutes with a man advantage, it seemed like it would never come. And with Chicago’s Collins John scoring a late goal on a set piece just five minutes earlier, his third of the year, it seemed like the Galaxy were doomed to a third strait clean sheet loss.
However, Landon Donovan’s corner kick found Omar Gonzalez’s head, and the ball ended up in the back of the net, as the Galaxy found enough energy in stoppage time to pull even, 1-1 with a Chicago Fire team which after a 22’ penalty kick, had done everything they could to keep the Galaxy off the board.
The goal was Gonzalez’s second of the season, and the first of 17 shots to find the back of the net and their fifth shot on goal. Sean Johnson was fantastic for Chicago on those four saves, though most of those balls were right at him. Overlooked will be Rickets’ fantastic game, despite giving up that 88’ goal, he had a great diving save earlier in the game stopping a Nery Castillo strike.
Oddly, Castillo left the game in the 69’ and went straight to the locker room. No word on whether he was injured during the game.
Chicago had all the corners in the first half with 3, but the Galaxy came back in the second half with 5 corners, including the one which resulted in the late equalizer.