An evenly contested match ended in a 1-1 draw between Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy on Sunday night. Here are our key talking points:
1. Both sides spurned chances to win the game.
A draw was a fair result, but both teams will live to rue chances that weren’t taken when you would expect them to be.
A 19th minute chance for Quincy Amarikwa saw him go one-on-one with Jamie Penedo, only to fire his shot over from close range.
Robbie Keane had a good chance on the hour mark when Stefan Ishizaki squared the ball to him and a last ditch tackle from Hurtado was just about enough to put him off.
LA Galaxy substitute, Gyasi Zardes, had his shot well blocked by Bakary Soumare in the 76th minute when it was goal bound.
2. Controversy surrounds the penalty decision for Chicago Fire.
There is absolutely no doubt that the heavy tackle by Juninho on Chicago forward Quincy Amarikwa was a foul, but replays have shown that the challenge was clearly made outside of the penalty area.
Jeff Larentowicz tucked away the resulting penalty to give Chicago a 1-0 lead, so LA Galaxy have a right to feel slightly hard done by.
3. It’s that man again.
It’s almost becoming a broken record but as if there wasn’t already enough kindling to fuel the fire surrounding Landon Donovan’s exclusion for the USMNT, he only went and bagged himself yet another MLS goal. What a player.
4. Solid debut.
A brief mention must go to on-loan Spurs midfielder Grant Ward as he made his first start for Chicago Fire and put in a good performance in the engine room.
Chicago Fire’s next test will come when they travel to Colorado to face the Rapids on Wednesday night.
LA Galaxy’s next match sees them host Chivas USA on Sunday June 8.
Highlights via MLS on YouTube: