2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Diego Fagundez (28')
  • Luis Caicedo (45')
  • Cristian Penilla (23')
  • Chris Pontius (38', 90'+3')
  • David Romney (90'+2')
  • Ashley Cole (85')

LA Galaxy stun New England Revolution with two stoppage-time goals

New England 2-3 LA Galaxy: Late, late show - Via MLS (2:27)

Stoppage-time goals from Dave Romney and Chris Pontius saw the LA Galaxy steal all three points from a wild affair in New England. (2:27)

Two stoppage-time goals gave the LA Galaxy an unlikely 3-2 victory over the host New England Revolution on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Down 2-1 headed into the added time, the Galaxy found their equalizer in the 92nd minute when defender Dave Romney headed in a corner. Just a minute later, the Galaxy took its first lead of the entire game when Chris Pontius collected a pass that went through the legs of a New England defender and buried his shot for the winning score.

The finish was an appropriately wild ending to an aggressive game that saw both sides combine for 21 fouls and eight bookings. Two of those yellow cards went to Galaxy defender Ashley Cole, who was ejected in the 85th minute. The Revolution played much of the game down a man, after Cristian Penilla was shown a straight red card in the 23rd minute for kicking back at the Galaxy's Romain Alessandrini following a hard foul.

New England responded to Penilla's red card by dominating play in the next 10 minutes, highlighted by the game's opening goal. In the 28th minute, a nice passing play within the box between Diego Fagundez and Luis Caicedo led to Fagundez putting the final touch into the net for his sixth goal of the season.

The Galaxy equalized in the 38th minute, as Pontius converted a well-placed cross from the left side from Cole.

Just before the half-time whistle, an excellent pass from Andrew Farrell outside the box found Caicedo for the go-ahead score. Caicedo's header marked his first goal in a New England jersey.

The victory extends the Galaxy's unbeaten streak to six games, and they are now 5-1-3 over their last nine league games. New England had a seven-game unbeaten run in league play snapped with the heartbreaking defeat.

The Galaxy won without star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the club's leading scorer didn't make the trip to New England. The cross-country travel from Los Angeles and Gillette Stadium's artificial playing surface were cited as the reasons for Ibrahimovic's absence.

Major League Soccer Standings

1 Sporting Kansas City 34 +25 62
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +15 59
3 LAFC 34 +16 57
4 FC Dallas 34 +8 57
5 Portland Timbers 34 +6 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 -3 49
7 LA Galaxy 34 +2 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -13 47
9 Houston Dynamo 34 0 38
10 Minnesota United FC 34 -22 36
11 Colorado Rapids 34 -27 31
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -22 21

Major League Soccer Standings

1 New York Red Bulls 34 +29 71
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +26 69
3 New York City FC 34 +14 56
4 DC United 34 +10 51
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 -2 51
6 Philadelphia Union 34 -1 50
7 Montreal Impact 34 -6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 -6 41
9 Toronto FC 34 -5 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 -13 32
11 Orlando City SC 34 -31 28