Galaxy’s Novak Micovic untouchable in scoreless draw

Galaxy’s Novak Micovic untouchable in scoreless draw

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Novak Micovic stopped both shots he faced in his first start of the season for the Galaxy in a scoreless draw against Charlotte on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old Micovic made two starts and six appearances for the Galaxy (5-2-7) last year in his first season in the league.

The Galaxy entered play with 25 goals, second behind the 35 of Inter Miami. The Galaxy have played to four straight draws, falling to 3-3-3 on the road.

The two clubs were meeting for the third time with both previously posting 1-0 road wins.

Charlotte goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina finished with five saves for his fourth clean sheet in a row. Charlotte (6-5-3) was aiming for its first four-match win streak.

Kahlina, who leads the league with six shutouts, had two saves and Mocovic stopped the only shot he faced in the first half.

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Charlotte was coming off a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday, earning first-year coach Dean Smith his first win on the road after a 0-4-1 start away from home.

The Galaxy return home to play the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Charlotte will host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.