AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC broke a scoreless match with an early second-half goal, but then LA Galaxy poured in four tallies to top the Verde and Black 4-1 Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Austin FC’s Diego Fagundez finished an Owen Wolff pass across the penalty area in the 53rd minute to give Austin a 1-0 lead in the second half, but the lead lasted about 10 minutes before Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez leveled the match off a nifty backward flick from Joveljic in the 61st minute, and then the scoring onslaught for the home side began.
LA Galaxy’s Dejan Joveljic struck in the 64th minute with a right-footed tap-in to make the lead 2-1, and then the super-sub added another goal off a through ball from Efrain Alvarez.
LA capped its glorious second half with an Alvarez goal off a Joveljic through ball in the 90th minute. Joveljic entered the match in the 57th minute and played a role in every Galaxy goal.
Fagundez finished an Owen Wolff pass across the penalty area in the 53rd minute. After Wolff made a nice play defensively to win the ball in the Galaxy penalty area, he then floated a pass to Fagundez who toe-punched the ball into the net from about 15 yards away.
Even though Austin held a 56%-44% possession advantage, the LA Galaxy peppered Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver with shots all day long. LA Galaxy finished the match with 10 shots on goal to Austin FC’s three. Stuver made six saves in the loss.
It was another shaky start for Austin FC, similar to its previous game against Orlando City, except this time Austin kept its opponent off the scoreboard early. Austin FC defender Zan Kolmanic was called for a foul in LA’s penalty area in the second minute of the match, but Stuver stopped the ensuing penalty kick from Chicharito. The all-time leading scorer for the Mexican National Team tried to beat Stuver low to his left, but Stuver read it perfectly and comfortably made the save.
Chicharito had a goal wiped away by a video review in the 36th minute. What looked like a tremendous equalizing goal was reversed after the center official called him for a handball.
Austin FC was called offside four times during the match, three times in the first half, and took 10 shots overall.
The loss drops Austin FC to fourth place in the Western Conference with a 7-3-4 record for 24 points. The win gives the LA Galaxy 23 points at 7-2-5 right behind Austin. The Verde and Black next play June 18 against Montreal.