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Match Report: Zorros secure first point in draw against Galaxy II

By Angel Moreno, 03/24/18, 10:00PM PDT


Los Zorros and LA Galaxy II end square with a 1-1 draw in Week 2 of the 2018 USL regular season

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.

Galaxy II were forced to play with 10 men for the final 75 minutes after midfielder Justin Dhillon was given a red card for a reckless challenge on Zachary Ellis-Hayden near midfield.

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. 

The space eventually opened up for Fresno FC, who saw great combination play from outside midfielders Jemal Johnson and Danny Barrera

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. 

Also making their first appearances for the Foxes were Whitecaps Residency players Noah Verhoeven and Terran Campbell, who entered the game as second-half substitutes.

El Mexicano Man of the Match: Alex Cooper, LB.

Cooper scored the equalizer in the 75th minute and led Los Zorros with 14 open-play crosses.

He said it:

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."