He Galaxy he missed two goals due to video review and his starting goalkeeper to injury on Saturday, settling for a frustrating 1-1 draw with the Vancouver White Capes that left the team without winning three games in a season for the first time since 2009.
The Whitecaps goal came in the 14th minute when the defender Tristan Blackmon drove a ball from a header past Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond in a Julian Gressel Free shot. The goal stood after a brief review.
The Galaxy (0-1-2) matched that in first-half stoppage time when Vancouver goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka couldn’t corner a Raheem Edwards left-footed strike, instead shoving it at the feet of the Galaxy defender. Galaxy, Kelvin Leerdam, who nudged him. ball into the net for his first goal since September 2020.
In between, Bond, who has missed just three regular-season games in his more than two seasons with the Galaxy, was benched after injuring his left shoulder when Edwards and Vancouver forward Cristian Dajome ran over him. Bond’s arm was in a sling after the match.
The Galaxy, who outshot, passed and possessed the Whitecaps (0-2-2), lost two apparent goals due to video reviews, one in the first half for offside and the other late in the game. second half for a hand that was borderline. probably.
Before the game, a group of 300 fans gathered outside the stadium’s main gate to protest the rehiring of Chris Klein, the team’s president. Klein, the Galaxy’s CEO since 2013, signed a multi-year contract extension this winter even though the team has had a losing record since 2016 and eight seasons have passed since its last appearance in an MLS Cup final, the Longest drought in franchise history.
Members of the team’s four main fan groups have pledged not to attend a game until changes are made to the front office and Saturday’s announced crowd of 23,112 was the smallest ever for an unaffected Galaxy home opener. by COVID-19 since 2013. However, many season-ticket holders who boycotted the game were included in attendance anyway as MLS uses distributed tickets rather than a turnstile count in its crowd figures. .