MLS: Galaxy still looking for first win after draw with Vancouver

The Galaxy misplaced two targets to video critiques and its beginning goalkeeper to an harm Saturday, settling for a irritating 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps that left the staff winless three video games right into a season for the primary time since 2009.

The Whitecaps’ aim got here within the 14th minute when defender Tristan Blackmon drove a bullet of a header previous Galaxy keeper Jonathan Bond off a Julian Gressel free kick. The aim stood after a brief assessment.

The Galaxy (0-1-2) matched that in first-half stoppage time when Vancouver keeper Yohei Takaoka didn’t corral a bending left-foot chip from Raheem Edwards, as an alternative pushing it to the ft of Galaxy defender Kelvin Leerdam, who nudged the ball into the web for his first aim since September 2020.

In between Bond, who has missed simply three regular-season video games in his two-plus seasons with the Galaxy, went to the sidelines after injuring his left shoulder when he was run into by Edwards and Vancouver ahead Cristian Dajome. Bond’s arm was in a sling after the sport.

The Galaxy, who outshot, outpassed and outpossessed the Whitecaps (0-2-2), misplaced two obvious targets to video critiques, one within the first half on an offside name and the opposite late within the second half to a handball that was borderline at finest.

Earlier than the sport, a gaggle of 300 followers gathered exterior the stadium’s important gate to protest the rehiring of Chris Klein, the staff’s president. Klein, the Galaxy’s chief government since 2013, signed a multiyear extension this winter regardless of the very fact the staff has had a dropping document since 2016 and has gone eight seasons since its final look in an MLS Cup remaining, the longest drought in franchise historical past.

Members of the staff’s 4 important supporters teams have pledged to not attend a sport till modifications are made within the entrance workplace and Saturday’s introduced crowd of 23,112 was the smallest for a Galaxy residence opener not impacted by COVID-19 since 2013. Nonetheless, many season-ticket holders who boycotted the sport had been included within the attendance anyway because the MLS makes use of tickets distributed somewhat than a turnstile rely in its crowd figures.