Moreno Goal Sees NY Deny LA First Victory

CARSON, Calif. – Wayward shooting cost LA Galaxy II dearly as Los Dos was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls II at Stub Hub Center Track and Field Stadium. LA started the match well, looking dangerous through the first 15 minutes of the match putting NYRB II goalkeeper Evan Louro under pressure in those early stages but couldn’t hit the target. That trend would continue throughout the whole first half as Los Dos starved New York of possession and eventually that pressure told as LA Galaxy II opened the scoring thanks to forward Ethan Zubak sliding in and stealing possession before squaring the ball for midfielder Ulysses Llanez Jr. who ran onto the ball in space and hit it powerfully out of the reach of the keeper. New York thought it equalized five minutes later when defender Fidel Escobar headed home from a free kick but was denied by the offside flag, keeping the 1-0 deficit at the break. The start of the second half was a mirror image of the first as NYRB II had all of the ball, but struggled to get shots on target. Los Dos midfielder Ariel Lassiter should have doubled the lead in the 68th minute when the ball was squared to him with an open net, but an extra touch allowed the defense to get back and block the shot. That miss seemed to spur LA on, with Lassiter trying to make amends in the 75th minute hitting his shot from space but was denied by a stunning Louro save. That save would prove crucial as New York found the equalizer just three minutes later when former midfielder Amando Moreno made a long run, breaking into the box and shooting along the ground across the face, out of the reach of the keeper, a goal that would hold up despite a late LA Galaxy II push to salvage a point for New York.

Scoring
35’ – LA – Ulysses Llanez Jr. (Ethan Zubak)

78’ – NY – Amando Moreno (Stefano Bonomo) 

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