MLS: Seattle, Los Angeles battle to penalty-filled draw
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alan Gordon would have preferred a couple of more points in the standings. But thanks to his second goal of the season, the Los Angeles Galaxy again got at least something to show for their effort.
Gordon headed in the tying goal off a feed from Mike Magee late in the first half, helping the Galaxy extend their unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.
Los Angeles (1-1-6), which played the final 32 minutes with a man advantage after Seattle's James Riley was sent off with a red card, has gone 1-0-5 during its streak. The Galaxy's lone win this season was 1-0 against New York on May 2.
"It's bittersweet. It's good to get a point on the road. But with a chance like this, you need to get three points," Gordon said, "especially when you're up a man. That being said, we played well and got a point."
The Sounders (4-2-2), whose goal came from Sebastien Le Toux early in the 22nd minute, played to their second straight tie and are unbeaten in their last three games (1-0-2).
They played a man down for the second straight game. Fredy Montero, Seattle's leading scorer with three goals, was sent off early in the second half of a 1-1 tie in Chicago on May 2.
A total of nine cards were issued Sunday, with referee Tim Weyland handing out eight yellows. Four of those, as well as the red card, were the result of a scuffle involving several players in the 58th minute.
"It was a fun game to be a part of," Galaxy star Landon Donovan said. "It was mostly fair, it was an intense game, and that's the way it should be played."
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had a different opinion.
"I'm very disappointed in the ejection, and I'm disappointed in the refereeing," Schmid said. "The assistant referee told the referee that in his estimation, it was a red or violent conduct. The other referee told him something, but he chose to ignore that piece of advice."
Seattle took the lead at the outset of the 22nd minute on Le Toux's first MLS goal, though he did score two in a 4-1 rout of Real Salt Lake in a U.S. Open Cup play-in victory April 28.
Rookie Steve Zakuani set up the play, sending a long through ball downfield and Nate Jaqua got it near the top of the penalty area restraining arc. Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts had come way off his line to play the ball, but Jaqua got it behind him and Le Toux tapped it into a wide-open net from six yards.
Le Toux was back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench the past two games.
The Galaxy tied the game when Magee, playing at the top left corner of the box, floated the ball toward the right side and Gordon flicked a header past Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller into the back right corner.
Los Angeles completed a stretch of three games in eight days, having beaten New York last weekend before a 2-2 tie at Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
"We're a tired team," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "We knew fatigue would be an issue. In the second half, we were a little tired. We tried to get some chances to bring a little bit of energy. But it just wasn't enough at the end of the game to try to get a winner."