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St. Louis CITY SC Remains Undefeated in League Play with 3-3 Draw Against LA Galaxy

March 17, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
St. Louis City SC News Release

CARSON, CA - St. Louis CITY SC came from behind twice to earn a point on the road against LA Galaxy. The match finished 3-3 with goals from Tomáš Ostrák, Joakim Nilsson and an own goal from John McCarthy, extending CITY SC's unbeaten streak to four games.

St. Louis CITY SC Against LA Galaxy

The match marked the third meeting between the two sides with both teams still searching for the first win of the series. At CITYPARK last season, the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate and 2-2 at Dignity Health Sports Park in the second fixture. Sam Adeniran leads the team with two goal contributions (one goal and one assist) in two matches against LA Galaxy.

Postgame Notes

Through four MLS matches this season, St. Louis CITY SC remains undefeated with a 1-0-3 record

The match marked the third meeting of the two teams, with each match finishing in a draw (0-0-3 record)

St. Louis have earned at least a point from a losing position in three of their four MLS matches this season (Real Salt Lake, Austin FC and LA Galaxy)

Tomáš Ostrák scored his first goal of the season, his fourth goal for St. Louis CITY SC and the 10th professional goal of his career

Joakim Nilsson scored his first career MLS goal

Sam Adeniran picked up his first assist of the season and recorded his third goal contribution through CITY SC's first four MLS matches

Adeniran has two goal contributions (one goal and one assist) in two matches against LA Galaxy

MLS SuperDraft pick Hosei Kijima made his MLS debut

Chris Durkin played in his 100th career MLS match

Durkin finished with game-highs in duels won (10) and tackles won (3).

Roman Bürki made a season-high six (6) saves

Goal-Scoring Plays

LAG - Dejan Jovelic (Julián Aude) - Dejan Joveljic scored with left-footed shot from the center of the box into the bottom left corner of the goal.

STL - Tomáš Ostrák - Tomáš Ostrák scored with a right-footed shot from the center of the box into the bottom left corner of the goal.

LAG - Joseph Painstil (Mark Delgado) - Joseph Paintsil scored with right-footed shot from the center of the box

STL - Joakim Nilsson (Sam Adeniran) - Joakim Nilsson scored with left-footed shot from the center of the box

STL - John McCarthy (own goal) - Own goal by John McCarthy

LAG - Maya Yoshida (Gastón Brugman) - Maya Yoshida scored with header from the center of the box

March 16, 2024 - Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, California)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

LA Galaxy 1 2 3

St. Louis CITY SC 1 2 3

Scoring Summary

LAG: Dejan Jovelic (Julián Aude), 3

STL: Tomáš Ostrák, 27

LAG: Joseph Paintsil (Mark Delgado), 52

STL: Joakim Nilsson (Sam Adeniran), 61

LAG: John McCarthy (own goal), 88

LAG: Maya Yoshida (Gastón Brugman), 90+5

Misconduct Summary

STL: Tomas Totland (caution), 25

LAG: Martín Cáceres (caution), 35

LAG: Joseph Paintsil (caution), 45+1

STL: Aziel Jackson (caution), 51

LAG: Riqui Puig (caution), 65

STL: Joakim Nilsson (caution), 70

STL: Sam Adeniran (caution), 83

LAG: Martín Cáceres (ejection), 90+9


LA: GK John McCarthy; D Miki Yamane, D Julián Aude, D Maya Yoshida ©, D Martín Cáceres; M Diego Fagúndez (Gabriel Pec 61'), M Mark Delgado, M Riqui Puig (Eriq Zavaleta 90'+11), M Edwin Cerrillo (Gastón Brugman 69'); F Dejan Jovelic (Miguel Berry 69'), F Joseph Paintsil

Substitutes Not Used: GK Novak Micovic, D John Nelson, M Jonathan Perez, D Mauricio Cuevas, M Daniel Aguirre


STL: GK Roman Bürki ©; D Tomas Totland, D Joakim Nilsson, D Josh Yaro, D Anthony Markanich (Nikolas Dyhr 60'); M Tomáš Ostrák (Sam Adeniran 60'), M Chris Durkin, M Célio Pompeu, M Aziel Jackson (Hosei Kijima 69'), M Indiana Vassilev (Rasmus Alm 71'); F João Klauss (Kyle Hiebert 81')

Substitutes Not Used: GK Christian Olivares, D Akil Watts, F Nökkvi Thórisson, D Jake Nerwinski


Referee: Atahan Yaya

Assistant Referees: Ryan Jung, CJ Koll

Fourth Official: Viviana Diaz Rodriguez

VAR: Mark Geiger

Venue: Dignity Health Sports Park

Weather: Clear, 60 degrees


Head Coach Bradley Carnell

Opening statement:

Yeah, it's been a good week, a turbulent week. You know, on the eve of the game pretty much we lose Eduard Löwen and Tim Parker, but still we come to Los Angeles full of belief, full of hunger and full of passion. And I think for many moments of this game, you could see this. It was an excellent sort of advertisement for the league, you know, two good teams going at each other. And I'm just proud of this team. I love this team. Every moment I watch them play, it's the hunger, the desire, the willingness to defy the odds. And then yes, we're disappointed not to take all three because we get in the game, we take the lead at the end of it. And three, four or five minutes before the end of the game, unnecessarily, gave up the lead. But again, what an awesome game to be part of and yeah, truly proud of these guys, and we'll celebrate that point. Yeah, that's it for me.

On Roman Bürki's performance in goal:

Yeah, we just said it in the locker room now, you know. We've played four MLS games, and we haven't really needed Roman. And then you know with a stacked LA Galaxy team coming up against us, we need, you know, our players to perform as a collective. We need our players to perform as individuals as well. And on a night like this, we needed Roman to be at his best, just to lead the way as a captain should do. And he was massive for us tonight. I mean, you know, to shut down that whole team for 90 minutes -- it's pretty much impossible, you know, even by the principles that we play by. So, really dangerous in transition, really dangerous with the combinations, and to mitigate for that amount of time that we did, truly proud. And when he had to come a big, he did.

On substitutes playing a major role in the match:

Yeah, we believe in everybody. You know, we believe in anyone we can put on the field and do a job. That's the confidence we have of this group. We feel we train the right way. We give them, you know, everybody equal looks. You know, some guys it's tough. It's tough. I mean, I'm thinking of Jake Nerwinski right now -- what a teammate this guy has been, in the locker room, on the sidelines. He's just been there for the guys, right. Doesn't get his call today, but again, we make subs to change the complexion of games and, you know, credit to the staff, credit to the guys upstairs, credit, you know, just for everyone's willingness to come in at certain times, to give their best efforts for the team. And yeah, everyone plays for something much bigger than themselves, and I think that keeps showing with our group.

Joakim Nilsson

On what he saw leading up to his bicycle kick goal:

Yeah, I mean, it all went fast. And it's Sam who heads it, right, and then I kind of felt that I had to do something. I don't know. I thought it went over, to be honest, at first but perfect up in the top corner, right.

On being so close to winning the match:

Right, yeah. Obviously, very disappointed right after the final whistle. Of course, it's a set piece where we want to be strong, where you want to not concede those annoying goals. So, now after the final whistle and after the game, you have that feeling of losing two points, but in the end with the full game, we showed character and a lot of good things in this game that we can take with us.

On what has enabled the team to come from behind and get points so often this season:

No, I mean, like I said, character within the team. We believe in ourselves. Even in tough moments, we show up, and we show that we're good soccer players. We have this mentality of wanting to take every point, every game. So, I think we showed that it's a good opponent we played against, we faced against today. So, in the end with a chance we created, one point is okay. But like I said, I love the character and the mentality we showed out there today.

Tomáš Ostrák

On what the game was like given the number of chances:

I mean, it was a crazy game. There were a lot of chances for both teams. I mean, it was very difficult because I would say they had very good players and a good team. But I think we did good. We came back twice in the game. And yeah, I'm very proud of the guys and the team that we fought like that and that we are getting point, could have been three but we are happy with one point as well.

On the play he made leading up to his goal:

I mean, it's our identity, like pressing forward, you know, being on the front foot, being proactive - this is our identity. I think I did it well, so God blessed me and I'm happy to score. My first goal in this season. I hope I can continue with the scoring goals and help the team.

On how he rates Joakim Nilsson's goal:

Unbelievable. Joakim is amazing. I mean that should be the goal of the week for sure.

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