Alex Ring tallied in the 56th minute. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

LOS ANGELES — Alex Ring scored in the 56th minute to lift New York City FC to a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles FC Friday afternoon.

New York CIty FC played out a 1-1 tie in the team’s second preseason scrimmage game vs. LAFC at UCLA on Friday afternoon.

Ring, a defensive midfielder, connected for the equalizer after Costa Rican international Marcos Urena had given the hosts a 16th-minute lead.

City was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty kick inside the opening 10 minutes after midfielder Yangel Herrera worked his way into the box and was knocked down after completing a nutmeg on a defender. The referee waved away the heated protests.

Several minutes later, LAFC took the lead as Urena tapped home a Latif Blessing feed.

NYCFC almost knotted things up on the half hour as Herrera’s volley, off a Tommy McNamara feed, sailed over the crossbar.

The visitors finally found the net in the 58th minute as Ring curled in a long-range shot from range, bending the ball around the goalkeeper into the corner of the net with his left foot.

NYCFC Academy players Justin Haak, Vini Lansade, Dante Polvara, Joe Scally and Tyler Shaver came off the bench to play in the Major League Soccer preseason match.

City meets the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center Saturday night.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at