LA Galaxy continues winless run, draws with NYCFC as preseason nears conclusion

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In their penultimate preseason match, the LA Galaxy battled to a 2-2 draw against NYCFC on Wednesday afternoon. Despite remaining winless, the Galaxy ended a three-game losing streak in preseason play.

The first half was marred by defensive errors and sloppy build-up play, allowing NYCFC to capitalize twice on the scoreboard. With most backup players starting for the Galaxy, a lack of quality was evident.

The second half saw the return of regular starters like Gaston Brugman and Dejan Joveljic, both recovering from injuries. Riqui Puig, absent from this match, is set to feature in the Galaxy's final preseason games.

Miguel Berry and Harbor Miller found the net for LA in the second half, leveling the scoreline. Although a goal by Johnathan Perez was disallowed for offside, the Galaxy showed signs of improvement, particularly in the number nine position.

Berry's scrappy goal showcased his striker instincts, while Joveljic impressed with his game time. However, Aaron Bibout struggled to make an impact beyond being a target for long balls.

LA Galaxy continues winless run, draws with NYCFC as preseason nears conclusion

Goalkeeper John McCarthy, introduced in the second half, made notable saves, enhancing his standing in the Galaxy's goalkeeping competition. While starter Jonathan Bond faced defensive lapses, McCarthy's solid performances have heightened competition for the starting spot.

The return of Brugman, playing in a more advanced role, bolstered the Galaxy's midfield, offering stability and attacking prowess. With Edwin Cerrillo occupying the defensive midfield position, Brugman's forward runs added dynamism to LA's play.

Looking ahead, the Galaxy anticipates Puig's return to further strengthen the midfield. Momentum is building for the team as they approach the regular season, with the potential for Puig and Brugman to reunite on the field after a prolonged absence. Under coach Vanney's guidance, LA aims for midfield control to secure positive results in the upcoming campaign.