Alex Cooper celebrates his equalizer / Photo by Kiel Maddox, Fresno FC
Fresno FC secured its first point of the USL season, drawing 1-1 against LA Galaxy II in front of 6,128 fans Saturday night at Chukchansi Park.
Left back Alex Cooper netted the equalizer for the Foxes, scoring in the 75th minute on a perfectly flighted pass from the center circle by captain Juan Pablo Caffa. The pass made the play, allowing Cooper to capitalize with a low finish at far post.
Photo by Kiel Maddox / Fresno FC
The Foxes trailed for 72 minutes, going down 1-0 on an own goal from center back Mickey Daly on a Galaxy II corner kick at the 3rd minute.
With the one-man advantage, Los Zorros held 74% possession for the match, but were unable to make it click in the final third as Galaxy II goalkeeper Wade Hamilton collected five saves.
Photo by Fresno FC
Center back Ramon Martin Del Campo started in the back line, as well as forward Renato Bustamante, who made their first starts for Fresno FC.
Cooper scored the equalizer in the 75th minute and led Los Zorros with 14 open-play crosses.
Head coach Adam Smith on the draw
"Once again, we showed great resilience. Even when we we’re down 1-0 and they had 11 men, I still felt we were dominating the game and we’d get a goal.
I said to the guys at halftime, we’ve got to keep doing the same things because we will get our rewards, we’ve just got to grind it, grind it, grind it, and we’ll get our rewards. And we did.
Disappointed, obviously, we didn’t get the second. The guys are disappointed we didn’t get the second, but I think it’s baby steps, and it’s great. We deserved a point – we probably deserved a bit more – but we’ll build off that now."