Recap: SPR earns 1-1 road draw at LA Galaxy II

The Swope Park Rangers (9-7-6, 6th place) would draw 1-1 with LA Galaxy II (5-11-5, 14th place) at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium on Wednesday evening. A 51st-minute goal from Hadji Barry and a penalty kick save from Adrian Zendejas would gain the Rangers the road point.

In the sixth minute, Sporting KC loanee Colton Storm stopped two chances from LA Galaxy II. Moments later, Zendejas would make a beautiful diving save from a John Requejo chance.

Zendejas attempted to be proactive in the ninth minute to stop a Galaxy II chance and came off his line, but luckily Sporting KC loanee Graham Smith was there to deflect Frank Lopez’s shot. Lopez would have another chance in the 12th minute, however Zendejas would be there to make the save in the top right corner. 

A foul was conceded by Julian Buescher in the 15th minute and Chase Minter would take the free kick and cross it in front of the box for Sporting KC Academy product Wilson Harris to get a head on it in the 16th minute, but Galaxy II keeper Justin vom Steeg would make the catch. 

In the 28th minute, Barry would take a through ball from Minter and would only have the goaltender to compete with but vom Steeg would slide into the ball and take away the chance.

Barry would take a cross from Storm in the 51st minute to find the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead in the second half. This would be Barry’s eighth goal on the season. 

In the 60th minute, Galaxy II would even the score. Lopez would net a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the bottom left corner. Ariel Lassiter would pick up the assist. 

A foul was conceded by Matheus Silva inside the box and the referee awarded a penalty kick in the 75th minute. Geoffrey Acheampong would take the attempt for Galaxy II but Zendejas would make the save in the bottom left corner of the goal to keep the score notched at one apiece. 

In second half stoppage time, Zendejas would make another great save off a Andre Ulrich Zanga attempt to keep the final score 1-1 despite the Rangers being reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when Barry was sent off upon receiving his second caution of the match. 

The Rangers remain in California to face Orange County SC (11-6-5, 2nd place) on Saturday, August 4 at 9:00 p.m. CT. SPR will return home to Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. CT to face Portland Timbers 2. 

Notable Moment

With tonight’s 51stminute assist, Colton Storm ties former SPR captain Christian Duke for second all-time on the club's assists chart with eight.

Justin Bilyeu made his SPR debut on Wednesday, playing 27 minutes in his first match since returning from knee surgery prior to the start of the 2018 USL season.

Swope Park Rangers at LA Galaxy II
August 1, 2018 – StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium
Swope Park Rangers 1, LA Galaxy II 1

Scoring Summary
SPR – Hadji Barry 8 (Colton Storm 5) – 51’
LA – Frank Lopez 5 (Ariel Lassiter 3) – 60’ 

Misconduct Summary
SPR – Graham Smith (Yellow Card) – 54’
LA – Adrian Vera (Yellow Card) – 64’
SPR – Hadji Barry (Yellow Card) – 73’
LA – Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Yellow Card) – 77’
SPR – Bryam Rebellon (Yellow Card) – 81’
SPR – Hadji Barry (Red Card) – 88’

Swope Park Rangers: Adrian Zendejas; Colton Storm, Dakota Barnathan (Matt Lewis 46’), Graham Smith ©, Parker Maher (Justin Bilyeu 63’); Matheus Silva, Felipe Hernandez, Chase Minter (Bryam Rebellon 74’); Wilson Harris, Hadji Barry, Tyler Blackwood.