LA Galaxy give up late equalizer, settle for Cali Clasico tie

Giovani dos Santos, left, has scored five goals in four games heading into Wednesday's game with Philadelphia. (Thomas R. Cordova-Southern California News Group)

Giovani dos Santos, left, pictured against New England, scored the Galaxy’s only goal against San Jose. (Thomas R. Cordova-Southern California News Group)

The Galaxy snapped their scoreless streak, but couldn’t shake their other bad habit of allowing late goals.

After Giovani dos Santos ended the team’s 371-minute scoreless streak in MLS play with a goal assisted by Steven Gerrard in the 69th minute against San Jose on Saturday, Chad Barrett answered in the 90th minute with a header off a free kick to force a 1-1 draw at Stanford Stadium.

For the sixth time this year, the Galaxy allowed a goal in the last 15 minutes of the match. The Earthquakes have scored a goal in last 15 minutes against the Galaxy all three times the California rivals have played this season, with L.A. going 1-0-2 in those matches. The Galaxy have not won in MLS competition since May 8, going winless in their past seven matches.

The L.A. offense generated several chances and had six shots on goal. Gerrard missed a header just wide and had another shot in the post.

Ashley Cole was sent off for a foul and abusive language in second-half stoppage time, thus suspending him for the next MLS match. Jelle Van Damme picked up a yellow card, so he, too, will miss the next match due to yellow card accumulation.

Head coach Bruce Arena told reporters the team will likely appeal Cole’s red card.

After a U.S. Open Cup match against Portland on June 29, the Galaxy continue MLS play against Vancouver at home on July 4.

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