Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored twice -- including a game-tying penalty kick in the 88th minute -- to give the LA Galaxy a 2-2 draw with visiting Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night in Carson, California.
The result is likely bittersweet for the Galaxy, however, because Hernandez had a chance to win the game in stoppage time. In the 96th minute, he lined up for another penalty kick after an SKC handball, but visiting keeper John Pulskamp easily saved the soft right-footed attempt.
Hernandez scored early and late, netting his first goal of the night in the fourth minute to open the scoring for the Galaxy (11-11-6, 39 points). His final score ultimately gave the Galaxy a point and kept the club's hopes alive for a bid to the MLS playoffs. They are three points behind Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers, who are tied for sixth place and the final two playoff berths.
The draw extended the Galaxy's unbeaten streak to five matches (2-0-3).
The Galaxy carried their 1-0 lead well into the second half, but wound-up trailing when SKC (8-15-6, 30 points) scored twice within nine minutes. Their first goal came in the 67th minute via a penalty kick from Johnny Russell after the Galaxy were whistled for a handball in the box.
SKC then took the lead in the 76th minute when William Agada flicked a ball forward to Felipe Hernandez. Hernandez ran onto it untouched and carried it into the box before unleashing a right-footed shot that bounced off a Galaxy defender and into the back of the net. It was the SKC attacker's second score of the year.
After SKC was whistled for a penalty in the 88th minute -- following a foul in the box by Pulskamp -- "Chicharito" lined up from the spot and launched a hard shot into the upper-left corner of the net for the equalizer and his 14th goal of the season.
The Galaxy controlled 60% of possession in the game and put 5-of-11 shots on-frame.