Bradford Jamieson IV
LA Galaxy's teenage phenom Bradford Jamieson IV, warms up before the team's match against the NY Red Bulls. Twitter / @LAGalaxy

18-year-old phenom Bradford Jamieson IV became the second youngest player in LA Galaxy history to score a goal when he brilliantly struck from the left side of the net in the ninth minute during the Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls.

Jamieson made his second career start in place of the injured MLS MVP Robbie Keane who has now missed three matches in a row with a pulled groin.

The Galaxy had their hands full with the Eastern Conference leading Red Bulls who also came into the match as the only undefeated team in the MLS. LA was lucky to get out of New York with a point as the Red Bulls dominated the match from start to finish.

Jamie Penedo who was named the MLS player of the week earlier this month after a 10-save performance against the Seattle Sounders was spectacular again on Sunday as he made two game-saving stops on 2014 Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips during the match.

Maryland alums, Omar Gonzalez and A.J. DeLaGarza shored up the Galaxy defense limiting the Red Bulls to just three shots on target out of 14 total attempts.

Ten of those 14 shots for New York came in the second half where the Red Bulls were by far the better team. New York dominated possession for most of the match and had greater opportunities throughout the 90 minutes. The Galaxy only needed one opportunity however and they caught lightning in a bottle in the ninth minute when Jamieson had a fantastic finish on a long looping run inside NY territory. The teenage striker received a pass from midfielder Stefan Ishizaki in the Red Bulls zone and beat defenders Dax McCarty and Chris Duvall to the left side of the box before firing a shot inside the far post for the Galaxy's only goal

The beautiful blast was Jamieson's first career MLS goal and one the young star will certainly remember forever as he continues his career with the one of the league's premier franchises.

The Red Bulls would tie the game in the second half when Felipe Martins scored his first goal of the season in the 58th minute. The goal was more of a mistake than an intentional strike, but was a worthy example of the tremendous amount of pressure the Red Bulls offense was putting on the back line of the Galaxy.

Lloyd Sam ran down the pitch and into the left side of the box before feeding Sal Zizzo at the center. Zizzo sent a low shot towards the net that was blocked by DeLaGarza. The ball deflected to the left hitting Felipe in the head who was standing in the right place at the right time as the ball bounced into the net.

The Red Bulls pick up a point and fall into third place in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand behind the conference leading New England Revolution.

The Galaxy meanwhile remain in sole possession of third place in the Western Conference two points behind FC Dallas and four behind conference leaders the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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