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Gabriel Pec, Galaxy cool off at Real Salt Lake

Gabriel Pec, Galaxy cool off at Real Salt Lake

Gabriel Pec scored in the 74th minute and LA Galaxy earned a 1-0 win in Sandy, Utah on Saturday night to end Real Salt Lake’s 15-game unbeaten streak.

Pec’s sixth goal of the year marked his 10th assist in his last nine games after a relatively slow start to his first MLS season. It came as the Galaxy (10-3-7, 37 points) played their third straight game without injured midfielder Riqui Puig, but LA went 3-0-0 in that span.

Salt Lake (10-3-7, 37 points) saw MLS leading scorer Cristian Arango leave the game before halftime with an apparent head injury.

Without Arango, who has 16 goals on the season, Real Salt Lake missed a chance to extend their club-record unbeaten streak. They were held without a goal for the second time in three games after a nine-game stretch in which they scored 25 times.

While RSL dominated the possession battle and had more shots (15-8), LA got all the offense it needed from Pec, who finally put the visitors ahead when he finished off one of more incisive sequences of the match.

Diego Fagundez played the ball forward to Dejan Joveljic, who then slotted a first-touch pass to his left into the path of Pec’s run down the flank.

Pec pounced on the ball and fired a shot past goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who tried to make a save, but it came up in the net.

Arango left the game in the 21st minute after a scary collision with Galaxy defender Martin Caceres, and Arango would need stitches after the incident.

Caceres also left the game, with both players going through the league’s concussion protocol.

In the second half, MacMath saved a shot by Joseph Paintsil from a corner in the 51st minute. Moments later, Andres Gomez hit the crossbar at the other end of the field for the home side on a first-time volley attempt .

Fagundez then forced MacMath into a comfortable stop on a free kick, before Mark Delgado fired to the left on a flow from Fagundez in transition.

But Fagundez’s next key pass would eventually help free Pec for his winning shot.

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