Michael Boxall and Romario Ibarra each scored their first career MLS goals as Minnesota United twice came from a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw against the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center on Saturday evening.
The result marks just the fourth point the Loons have earned away from home this season as they begin a five-match road trip. Minnesota currently sit in eighth in the West, six points beneath the playoff line with 10 matches remaining.
But the Galaxy failed to build their lead on additional first-half chances, and were forced to split points despite outshooting the visitors 17-10 and leading 10-4 in efforts on target.
LA also played the last moments up a man after Minnesota's Francisco Calvo received his second yellow card in the 89th minute.
- 7' - LA - Romain Alessandrini | Watch
- 64' - MIN - Michael Boxall | Watch
- 73' - LA - Sebastian Lletget | Watch
- 84' - MIN - Romario Ibarra | Watch
- THE BIG PICTURE: Just as the Galaxy appeared to be nearing full health, both Alessandrini and Giovani dos Santos were forced out of Saturday's action by halftime with leg injuries. The timing is particularly poor considering LA play again Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Loons desperately need to improve upon their road form over the next few weeks to maintain playoff hopes. This might build some confidence to that end.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: In a game that lacked direction at times, it was an incisive attack (with a Galaxy claim of potential offsides) that put Minnesota level for good. Ibson spotted Abu Danladi's run wide right, and Danladi's cross put Ibarra in perfect position to hammer his finish into the roof of the net.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn't score in his return from suspension. But his play as a withdrawn forward in the first half gave Minnesota fits, led to an assist on Alessandrini's opener, and helped create a flurry of other chances his teammates should've finished. He also believed he'd induced Miguel Ibarra into a penalty-worthy foul at the death, but referee Baldomero Toledo declined to take a second look after consulting with VAR Rosendo Mendoza.
¿Era penal? 🤔pic.twitter.com/KIzuaeELGQ— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy_Es) August 12, 2018