LA Galaxy take bite out of the Big Apple

Galaxy win crucial game against NYCFC
New York City FC v Los Angeles Galaxy
New York City FC v Los Angeles Galaxy / Shaun Clark/GettyImages

Wednesday night's game in Carson, California pitted the visiting New York City Football Club against the Los Angeles Galaxy. The result favored the host team, 2-0.

One goal would have been enough to secure the victory. However, following Dejan Jovelic's unassisted goal late in the first half, Diego Fagundez put in the Galaxy's second score of the game early in the second half. Joveljic was responsible for the assist on this score.

The Los Angeles Galaxy have now won three of their last four games. After losing twice in the month of April, the Galaxy have only lost one game since. That blemish was a couple of weeks ago in a 2-1 loss against the Chicago Fire.

The victors controlled the game better than their opponents as they not only possessed the ball more but were more effective in their shooting. The Los Angeles Galaxy maintained possession 52.5% of the game.

Passing accuracy was prevalent for the Galaxy with 88% helping establish more ball control than NYCFC. Of LA's 11 shot attempts, five of those were on target with two resulting in a goal.

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The Los Angeles Galaxy collected three yellow cards, two by defenders. While the Galaxy typically plays a clean and disciplined game, some of the control on fouls got away from them. They also only were awarded two corner kicks, which is a relatively low amount for this high-scoring offense.

Next up for the Galaxy is Real Salt Lake who is currently on a 15-game unbeaten streak. Their last loss was almost three months ago when they fell short in a 2-1 contest against the Colorado Rapids. Luckily for the Galaxy, the two teams tied, 2-2, when Real Salt Lake came to town.

Consistency and momentum are key for the Galaxy. They have yet to lose back-to-back games this season. The Los Angeles Galaxy will have a quick turnaround when they face first-place Real Salt Lake on Saturday, June 22nd on just three days' rest.

Then, they finish the month of June with a contest against last-place San Jose. The Los Angeles Galaxy have already tallied two wins against the Earthquakes. Another will help keep the Galaxy in the top three of the Western Conference Standings.