The New Mexico United got a goal in the 40th minute from Kevaughn Frater and escaped Los Angeles with a 1-1 tie in a United Soccer League Championship match Saturday night at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
The United (6-3-8) survived 15 shot attempts from the Galaxy II as New Mexico goalkeeper Cody Mizell and the rest of the defense were able to withstand a pair of solid scoring opportunities by Los Angeles early in the second half.
The Galaxy II struck first, getting a goal from Nicholas DePuy in the 32nd minute. The right-footed shot came from the middle of the box and beat Mizell for the first goal. It remained 1-0 for just eight minutes as Frater took a feed at the top of the box from United forward Daniel Bruce and dribbled a left-footed shot just inside the post to tie the game.
Los Angeles had a pair of quality scoring chances just two minutes apart early in the second half as Frank Lopez sent a shot just over the crossbar on a direct kick and Brian Iloski had a shot from the middle of the box blocked by the New Mexico defense.
Up next for the United is a trip to St. Paul, Minn., on July 10 when they visit Minnesota United FC in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup, a tournament that has six teams still alive from Major League Soccer and two from the USL.