MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles at Philadelphia|
(Wednesday, May 11, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Philadelphia 1
Chester, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Union claimed a 1-1 draw with
the Los Angeles Galaxy at PPL Park on Wednesday as substitute Danny Mwanga
scored the equalizer in the 84th minute for the home side.
The Galaxy (4-2-5) took the lead in the 24th minute with a goal from Landon
Donovan, but Mwanga came off the bench at halftime and was able to claim a
point for his team, giving the Union (4-2-2) eight points from its last five
"I'm very disappointed," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said following the
match. "We should've won this game by two or three goals. This is a game where
we shouldn't be scrambling in the last 10 minutes of the game. We played too
well not to have anything to show for it."
Los Angeles dominated the possession in the first half and capitalized in the
24th minute when Juan Pablo Angel got into the penalty area and had the ball
poked away by a Union defender. However, Donovan was on hand to follow up the
ball and roll it past goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.
The Colombian did well in the second half to keep the Union within a goal as
he first made a good save on a shot from the Galaxy's Chris Birchall before
denying Angel's close-range effort a few minutes later.
Philadelphia finally started to generate some offense in the final 20 minutes,
and with under 10 minutes remaining, a mistake from L.A. defender Sean
Franklin handed Mwanga the equalizer.
Franklin attempted to pass the ball back to goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, but
instead didn't get enough on it, allowing Mwanga to intercept the pass, round
Ricketts and roll the ball into the net.
"I feel disappointed that we didn't get three (points), because at the end, we
had them on their heels," said Union coach John Hackworth, who was filling in
for head coach Peter Nowak because Nowak was in Poland for a charity event.
"It's a good result because we were behind to one of the best teams in the
league and we came back."
Both teams will return to the field on Saturday as the Union visits FC Dallas,
while the Galaxy entertains Sporting Kansas City.
05/11 23:15:34 ET