Galaxy, Minnesota United play to scoreless draw
Even without scoring a goal, Minnesota United managed to remain unbeaten in its new home after forging a 0-0 tie Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday in Saint Paul, Minn.
In the second game at new Allianz Field, and the first night game, the Minnesota United defense was able to contain Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was held without a score for the first time in five games. Ibrahimovic had six goals over his previous four games.
The tie came two weeks after Minnesota United's 3-3 deadlock against New York City FC in the first ever game at the newest MLS stadium.
With the tie, the Galaxy (6-1-1, 19 points) extended their unbeaten streak to six games, going back to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United at Carson, Calif., on March 16. Los Angeles is now 1-1-1 on the road this season.
Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra, who was tied for second on the team with seven goals last season, made his debut in the team's new stadium in the 61st minute.
Ibarra, who did not play against NYCFC because of a hamstring injury, was unable to break through against Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham, who needed to make just one save in the game. MNUFC goalie Vito Mannone made four saves.
Both teams had quality scoring chances in the first half but were unable to deliver. Minnesota United's best chance came in the 30th minute on an Ike Opara header, but the shot toward the right side of goal glanced off the head of Los Angeles defender Julian Araujo.
The Galaxy's best chance in the first half came in the 41st minute on a free kick from 25 yards out by Ibrahimovic, but the ball deflected off the Minnesota United wall and went just wide of goal.
Minnesota United (3-3-2, 11 points) had a breakaway in the 60th minute, but forward Angelo Rodriguez's shot from just outside the 6-yard box was saved by Bingham.
The Galaxy are now 4-0-2 all time against Minnesota United.