Ismael Tajouri-Shradi came off the bench to score the tying goal in the 75th minute as visiting New York City FC rallied to tie Los Angeles FC 2-2 on Sunday at Banc of California Stadium.
David Villa gave NYCFC (6-2-3) the lead in the 13th minute, but LAFC (6-2-2) got the equalizer 10 minutes later thanks to an own goal by New York defender Sebastien Ibeagha.
Los Angeles’ Carlos Vela scored in the 66th minute as the expansion team extended its unbeaten streak to 5-0-1 while improving to 2-0-2 at home. Vela collected a loose ball and scored his fifth goal from in front of the goal.
NYCFC, coming off a 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, extended its run of not losing consecutive games since April 2016.
Tajouri-Shradi, who entered in the 69th minute, scored on a strike from the left side off the box after a deflected ball hit the crossbar and caromed to him. He has five goals in eight games after missing three games due to a hamstring injury.
NYCFC got the early advantage when Villa netted his fifth goal of the season on a rebound of his own penalty-kick miss in the 13th minute. LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller guessed correctly and made a lunging save with his right hand to deny Villa from the spot, but the Spanish forward headed the loose ball from 6 yards.
Villa has 68 MLS regular-season goals, six more than anyone else since he joined the league at the start of the 2015 season.
The lead didn’t last long because LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman got on the end of a corner kick by Vela. Ibeagha’s poor attempt at clearing Zimmerman’s shot sent the ball into the goal.
On Saturday, Los Angeles plays the Timbers in Portland while New York City hosts the Colorado Rapids.
—Field Level Media