Sporting KC II got their first road point of the season with a 1-1 draw at Dignity Health Sports Park against LA Galaxy II on Wednesday, May 19.
Despite coming off a bad 4-0 loss less than a week ago, SKC II came out and played well on the road with a different lineup, which included the SKC II debut of defender Aljaz Dzankic and the season debut of Bailey Sparks.
The SKC II XI— Sporting KC II (@SportingKCII) May 20, 2021
One hour out from kickoff in California! #LAvSKC pic.twitter.com/NISr6AI1cW
SKC II went into halftime scoreless for the second time this season, previously doing it in their only other draw this season, a 1-1 tie with the OKC Energy. LA’s best chance came in the 37th minute when former SKC II signee Preston Judd’s header was saved by Kendall McIntosh.
SO CLOSE PRESTON!@prestonjudd10's header is just barely saved by the keeper. pic.twitter.com/OmTrj8KGSJ— LA Galaxy II (@LAGalaxyII) May 20, 2021
After some great buildup, SKC II found the breakthrough in the 60th minute when Ropapa Mensah recovered his rebound off the post along the end line, remained composed, and found Dominik Resetar, who couldn’t miss from six yards out in front of an open goal.
Dominik Resetar comes through to sweep it up #LAvSKC | @SportingKCII pic.twitter.com/7r8w8IrPCQ— USL Championship (@USLChampionship) May 20, 2021
The lead did not last long, as LA leveled it at 1-1 in the 73rd minute after Jorge Hernández’s deflected shot snuck past McIntosh.
.@jorgey_100's shot takes a deflection and finds the net to level the match. #LAvSKC | 1-1 pic.twitter.com/bPYbJoQMeQ— LA Galaxy II (@LAGalaxyII) May 20, 2021
SKC II were able to end the match strong and come away with a point on the road for the first time this season, remaining unbeaten against Galaxy II in six matches.
Wednesday’s win brings SKC II to two points this season with two losses and two draws. They remain in seventh place in the Central Division ahead of only Memphis 901 FC.
Sporting II will hit the road again this Saturday, May 22, for a match against the Indy Eleven at Carroll Stadium.
Sporting Kansas City II: Kendall McIntosh; Christian Duke (C); Danny Barbir; Aljaz Dzankic; Kayden Pierre; Petar Cuic; Bailey Sparks (Jahon Rad 71’); Jake Davis (Jayin Van Deventer 63’); Enoch Mushagalusa; Ropapa Mensah; Dominik Resetar (Rojay Smith 71’)
Subs Not Used: Gavin Krenecki; Michael Lenis; Ozzie Cisneros; Tyler Freeman
LA Galaxy II: Justin Vom Steeg; Joshua Drack; Jesús Vásquez (C); Marcus Ferkranus; Owen Lambe; Daniel Aguirre; Adrián González (Taylor Davila 78’); Kai Koreniuk (Isaac Bawa 66’); Jorge Hernandez; Cameron Dunbar (Axel Picazo 62’); Preston Judd (Augustine Williams 45’)
Subs Not Used: Eric Lopez; Sebastian Hernandez; Victor Valdez
SKC — Dominik Resetar (Ropapa Mensah) 60’
LA — Jorge Hernández (Joshua Drack) 73’
SKC — Petar Cuic (yellow card; foul) 23’
LA — Jesús Vázquez (yellow card; foul) 42’
SKC — Enoch Mushagalusa (yellow card; dissent) 82’