Teenage substitute Jose Villarreal scored on a scissor kick in the 92nd minute to give defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles a 2-2 tie with Toronto FC in Galaxy standout Landon Donovan's return from about four months off.
TORONTO — Teenage substitute Jose Villarreal scored on a scissor kick in the 92nd minute to give two-time defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles a 2-2 tie with Toronto FC on Saturday in Galaxy standout Landon Donovan’s return.
Coming off a sabbatical of nearly four months, Donovan returned to action as a substitute in the 61st minute. He had a good scoring chance a minute later when Mike Magee found him behind the defense, but scuffed the shot and goalkeeper Joe Bendik gathered it in.
“Fitness-wise, I felt great,” said the 31-year-old Donovan, the Galaxy’s career goals leader with 92. “Obviously I have a ways to go soccer-wise, but you’ve got to get minutes to get better. It was good to get some time today and obviously in the end it worked out with a good result.”
Toronto substitute Jonathan Osorio gave the Reds a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute with his first MLS goal, but the 19-year-old Villarreal answered.
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“It would have been a crime to leave here without a point,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “We played pretty well today. It was remarkable to me that we were actually in a position to be chasing that game. Give Toronto credit. I don’t want to take anything away from them but I think we played well enough today to position ourselves to have three points.”
Toronto coach Ryan Nelson tried to be realistic.
“Late goals happen,” he said. “They throw numbers in the box and balls go (in). It’s not an indictment of this team. Nobody’s blaming anybody, definitely not me.”
its first loss
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Claudio Bieler scored his third goal of the season, and Sporting Kansas City defeated previously unbeaten Montreal 2-0 in an MLS match that included the ejection of Impact coach Marco Schaellibaum.
Schaellibaum was sent off in the 81st minute, shortly after Graham Zusi’s goal put Sporting ahead 2-0, and will miss the Impact’s home match against Columbus on April 13. Montreal lost for the first time after a 4-0 start to the season.
Sporting (2-1-2) broke a three-match winless streak and a 197-minute goal drought, and Jimmy Nielsen recorded his third straight shutout.
Other MLS matches
• Portland got a 2-2 draw despite falling behind by two goals at Colorado. Will Johnson scored twice for the Timbers.
• Western Conference-leading FC Dallas beat host New England 1-0 on Blas Perez‘s goal in the 87th minute.
• Chivas USA beat visiting Vancouver 2-1. Kenny Miller scored for the Whitecaps.
• Thierry Henry scored in the 81st minute to give host New York a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia.
• Will Bruin and Giles Barnes scored in the first half as Houston beat visiting San Jose 2-0. The Dynamo has a 34-match home unbeaten streak in all competitions.