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Zavaleta scores in Reserve League draw in LA

Here's a look at today's MLS Reserve League match, provided by the club:

The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC played to a 1-1 draw in the MLS Reserve League as both clubs traded first-half goals Monday at The Home Depot Center.

Seattle struck first when rookie Eriq Zavaleta headed in a corner kick in the 7th minute. Just before the half-hour mark, after LA rookie Charlie Rugg was taken down in the box, midfielder Hector Jimenez converted a penalty kick to tie the score in the 29th minute. When the game kicked off, Seattle was the more aggressive of the two sides and were rewarded early on for their work-rate as Zavaleta headed in his first goal as a Sounder. After the goal, LA settled in and began to take control of the game. After coming close to equalizing in the 25th minute when his shot from the top of the box forced goalkeeper Josh Ford to make a diving save, Jimenez put the Galaxy on the scoreboard by converting a penalty kick in the 29th. Rugg had gotten behind Seattle's defense and was taken down in the box, forcing referee Jesse Cisneros to point to the spot. Jimenez stepped up and fired the shot to his left, just past the outstretch hand of Ford to level the score at 1-1. In the second half, the clubs traded scoring opportunities but neither was able to add to their first half tally and the game ended in a 1-1 end in a draw. The result means both the Sounders (0-1-1, 1 point) and Galaxy (0-0-1, 1 point) earned their first points of campaign. It was the first Reserve League match for LA after last week's contest with the Los Angeles Blues was rescheduled due to the Galaxy's participation in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. A new date and time has not been set yet. Scoring Summary: SEA - Eriq Zavaleta 7' LA - Hector Jimenez (Penalty Kick) 29' Seattle Sounders FC: Josh Ford; Dylan Remick, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni (Ashani Fariclough 68'), Marc Burch; Philip Lund, Servando Carrasco, Andy Rose, Josue Martinez* (Andrew Duran 46'); Eriq Zavaleta, Sammy Ochoa (Will Bates* 63'). Substitutes Not Used: Dough Herrick*. * - Sounders Guest Player TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 7; SAVES: 3 LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Oscar Sorto, Tommy Meyer, Kofi Opare, Bryan Gaul; Michael Stpehens (Paul Arriola^ 84'), Hector Jimenez (Colin Clark 84'), Rafael Garcia, Chandler Hoffman (Gyasi Zardes 73'); Jose Villarreal (Kenny Walker 39'), Charlie Rugg (Raul Mendiola^ 78'). Subs Not Used: Kyle Reynish*, Nathan Smith^, Drew Murphy^. ^ - Galaxy Academy Players * - Galaxy Guest Player TOTAL SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 7; SAVES: 5. Misconduct Summary: LA - Bryan Gaul (caution) 79' Referee: Jesse Cisneros Referee's Assistants: Omar Meza; Adrian Gonzalez 4th Official: Bernhard Hosu