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Galaxy escape with a 1-1 draw in a preseason exhibition

Galaxy escape with a 1-1 draw in a preseason exhibition
Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget (17) takes a shot on goal against the Rapids in the second half on Oct. 30, 2016. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

A second-half goal from second-half substitute Jose Villarreal allowed the Galaxy to escape with a 1-1 draw in a preseason exhibition with Tijuana of Mexico's Liga MX played in a steady mist at the StubHub Center.

The Galaxy, who have undergone an extensive winter remake, were without regulars Gio dos Santos (international duty); Robbie Rogers and Gyasi Zardes (injuries); and new signings Romain Ales-sandrini and Joao Pedro, who returned to Europe to complete immigration paperwork.

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That created playing time for Miguel Aguilar, a midfielder who played six games for D.C. United last season but made a strong case for a Galaxy roster spot in 45 minutes Tuesday. He was one of 22 players Coach Curt Onalfo and his new coaching staff used against a Tijuana team composed of reserves.

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