Englewood, California – Dejan Jovelic and Jonathan Perez scored, and LA Galaxy beat Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 in a friendly match on Wednesday night.
It was the first football match played at SoFi Stadium, which will host the World Cup matches in 2026, and served as a precursor to the League Cup competition between MLS and Liga MX clubs starting next summer.
“I think now the leagues, I think they are closing down and getting a lot closer, and I think there is a lot of respect between the two leagues and the clubs that are now in both leagues, so I see the competition being serious,” Galaxy coach Greg Fannie said. Good.”
Jovelic, a player for the Serbian national team, raised his left foot to redirect a corner kick by Evren Alvarez into the first net in the 28th minute. With high side space due to the wings on the field level, Alvarez set a swing ball, and Jovelic reached the near post ahead of two Chivas defenders. To put the Galaxy on top.
“Today it worked because it was a great cross,” said Galaxy striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. “You can see it, (Joveljic) just touch it. He didn’t even like kicking it, he just touched it.”
Perez made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute with a good shot from outside the penalty area that beat Raul Wrangel to the left of the goalkeeper. The 19-year-old Perez’s first goal was with the Galaxy.
“Obviously Johnny steals the show with a fantastic goal,” said Fanny. “The kid is a special player.”
Hernandez, who was born in Guadalajara and started his career in Chivas, almost put Galaxy ahead in the first seconds. He intercepted a poor pass from Antonio Briceño after 15 seconds but was unable to get a shot before a desperate Rangel intervened.
Chivas had his own chances to score early, the most dangerous forcing Jonathan Klinsmann to block a backlash to deny Miguel Pons from close range in the 25th minute.
Club America won seven penalty shootout rounds against LAFC after a 0-0 draw in the Night Double Header Cup, which drew a declared audience of 71,189.
Jose Cifuente hit his kick over the goal and climbed into the stands after Emilio Lara converted his attempt.
LAFC clearly treated the game as an exhibition as they lead the Western Conference on their way to winning the cheerleader’s shield for the second time in their five seasons of existence, LAFC averting disaster when Mamadou Vale received a straight red card for a front tackle. Federico Vinas in the 40th minute, the VAR reduced him to yellow.
Val created a goal line clearance to clear Lara’s powerful shot from inside the penalty area in the 51st minute.
Gareth Bale came on as a 62nd-minute substitute for LAFC as the Wales national team and five-time Champions League winner continues to boost his fitness. Bale took the fifth penalty kick quietly.
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