Miguel Berry’s late goal saves a point for Galaxy in draw with Real Salt Lake

LA Galaxy forward Miguel Berry, bottom left, kicks the ball for the tying goal against Real Salt Lake during the second half of an MLS soccer game at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., on Saturday May 11, 2024. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo by Raúl Romero Jr., contributing photographer)

CARSON – These are busy times and the month of May for the Galaxy.

The schedule calls for six games this month with the first three taking place in this eight-game stretch that began Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Thanks to Miguel Berry, the Galaxy was able to save a point with a sliding goal that just crossed the line with about 25 seconds left in the game to tie it 2-2 on Saturday in front of 25,220 people at Dignity Health. Sports park.

“The ball came back to Riqui, he just… didn’t even have a great look, he kind of hooked it behind the line and when you do that, it’s about who can get there first,” the Galaxy coach said. Greg Vanney said. “Miguel was able to take a step with one long leg in front of his man and when the goalkeeper arrived, it was one of those balls that are tweener, difficult to read and Miguel was the first to arrive and found it. a way in.”

Berry, who was acquired and ultimately signed with the Galaxy in the off-season, had struggled to make it to the end of things earlier this season. His moment came on Saturday, when he retreated to a point where it seemed defeat was certain. A last hopeful cross from Riqui Puig found Berry, who was falling to the ground, but he slipped between this defender to get to the ball before MacMath and pass it over the line.

“Riqui made a great ball,” Berry said. “I heard the doorman ask for it. Maybe he didn’t see me. We wanted the three points, but we will get them.

“It’s one of the best groups I’ve ever been in. We are a team, no matter who scores, we are together. It’s a great moment. That was the third shot of the season. As a striker, you are judged on goals and when you don’t score, you are judged fairly. “When you don’t score, you start asking yourself questions.”

The Galaxy (5-2-5, 20 points) finally got on the scoreboard in the 54th minute with a goal from Gabriel Pec. It was his first goal in three games. The Galaxy had failed to score in their last two (2-0 loss against Austin FC and goalless draw against Seattle).

From there, the Galaxy had several decent chances to tie, including a solo run by Joseph Paintsil that ended with the shot flying over the crossbar. In the 74th minute, Utah goalkeeper Zach MacMath lost possession as Pec closed in on him. With an open Pec he tried to thread a tight needle towards the middle, but the ball was cleared.

Paintsil was initially substituted in the 81st minute and walked directly to the locker room.