LA Galaxy only goal was im-pec-able

Gabriel Pec's score gives LA the win and a share of first place in the Western Conference
New York City FC v Los Angeles Galaxy
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On Saturday evening in the state of Utah, the Western Conference's top team, Real Salt Lake looked to extend their 15-game unbeaten streak. But the Los Angeles Galaxy did what it could to make sure it would not be a sweet-sixteenth for them.

The visiting Galaxy had one goal in mind and one on the field. The two teams tied (2-2) in their last meeting. This time, it only took one score for there to be a victor in this contest.

In the 74th minute of the game, Galaxy forward Gabriel Pec put one past Real Salt Lake's keeper, Zac MacMath. The goal was assisted by Dejan Joveljic.

While we have seen the the Los Angeles Galaxy score at will this season, Real Salt Lake's offense has come on strong, too. They have 13 goals in their previous five games despite two draws of 0-0 and 1-1 in the middle.

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Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Salt Lake / Chris Gardner/GettyImages

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Los Angeles Galaxy's win over Real Salt Lake is sort of 'out of this world'

Typically, a team who has possession almost 58% of the game and nearly twice as many shot attempts as their opponent wins. Not in this case!

The Los Angeles Galaxy only had possession of the ball 42% of the game. They took eight shots with three being on target. Real Salt Lake had twice as many corner kicks, too, with six.

Galaxy goalkeeper John McCarthy came up with four big saves to do his part in securing the victory. With the win, the team earned three points in the Western Conference Table.

Just like that, Real Salt Lake now shares its hold of first place in the West with not just one Los Angeles team, but two. LAFC also has 37 points in the standings. However, they have only played 19 games whereas the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake both have played 20 games so far this year.

The Los Angeles Galaxy have now won four of their last five contests. Their offense is thriving having scored at least two goals with exception of their 2-1 blemish against the Chicago Fire.

Looking ahead at their next game, the Los Angeles Galaxy will head up to Northern California when they face the last-place San Jose Earthquakes. Joveljic, Pec and company have won both contests this season against the Earthquakes.