Sacha Kljestan netted his first goal with his new team in the 54th minute to account for the scoring for the Galaxy, but an 84th-minute leveler from Micheal Azira would deny the home side a fourth preseason victory.
Following a scoreless first half, the Galaxy broke through for the opener after a scrum in front of the Chicago goal resulted in a flurry of shots from Kljestan, Aleksandar Katai and Javier Hernandez before Kljestan finally cashed home his second opportunity to make it 1-0.
After the LA goal, Chicago goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm sought medical attention on the pitch, but stayed in the game. After receiving attention a second time and trying to play through the potential injury, he called for a substitute and backup Bobby Shuttleworth came in for the last 14 minutes.
The match would stay 1-0 until the 84th minute, when Chicago found its equalizer courtesy of substitute Azira after a scramble between players put him in just the right spot to turn and and take the shot inside the box.
84' | GOAL! A loose ball falls to Azira, who slots it home for the equalizer. 1-1— Chicago Fire FC (@ChicagoFire) February 23, 2020
It was the final match of the 2020 preseason for both sides, with the Galaxy wrapping their exhibition slate with a 3W-1L-1T record in five games. Chicago, meanwhile, finishes its preseason schedule at 3W-2L-1T in six matches.
- 54' - LA - Sacha Kljestan
- 84' - CHI - Micheal Azira
LA Galaxy starting XI (4-4-1-1): David Bingham - Rolf Feltscher, Nick DePuy, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Emiliano Insua (Julian Araujo 78') - Sebastian Lletget, Perry Kitchen (Joe Corona 70'), Sacha Kljestan, Alexsandar Katai (Emil Cuello 65') - Javier Hernandez - Cristian Pavon
Chicago Fire FC starting XI (4-5-1): Kenneth Kronholm (Bobby Shuttleworth 76') - Brandt Bronico, Johan Kappelhof, Francisco Calvo, Jonathan Bornstein - Mauricio Pineda, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Djordje Mihailovic, Fabian Herbers (Micheal Azira 82'), Alvaro Medran - Robert Beric