Galaxy, TFC battle to draw in thriller at BMO

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Updated: March 30, 2013

Jose Villarreal’s strike in second-half
stoppage time salvaged a point for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a thrilling 2-2
draw with Toronto FC on Saturday at BMO Field.

Los Angeles struck first 17 minutes into the contest with a bit of luck when
Marcelo Sarvas fired a shot on net that looked to be well wide of the left
post, but Mike Magee was on the far post and slotted it past Toronto
goalkeeper Joe Bendik for the early 1-0 lead and his league-leading fifth
goal of the season.

But Toronto battled back to put the sides on level terms in the 29th minute
when Robert Earnshaw intercepted a poor back pass by Los Angeles defender
Leonardo, rounded goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini and fired it into the net.

Los Angeles captain Landon Donovan came on in the 60th minute for his first
action of the season after an extended break and had a chance to score on his
first touch, but the shot was right at Bendik.

Substitute Luis Silva played catalyst 12 minutes from time to give Toronto the
lead when he collected a ball on the left flank, danced into the Los Angeles
penalty area and sent a cross into the box that was tapped home by Osorio to
make it 2-1 for the home side.

The two-time defending champions fought back though and used some set-piece
magic to equalize in stoppage time as Villarreal got on the end of a free kick
in the box and ripped it past Bendik with a spectacular volley to secure a
point for his side.

The result leaves Los Angeles with eight points from four matches, while
Toronto has four points from four games.