Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan combine for three goals in Galaxy win

Sep 1, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub! Center, August 31, 2013 (Photos: Victor Posadas)

The second edition of this year’s California Classico as finally played at the StubHub! Center. In the last edition the San Jose Earthquake were able to come from behind and beat the Los Angeles Galaxy four-three at San Jose. This time up, Galaxy knew that they needed the three points to further advance their position in the Western Conference Standings.

The game began like most rivalry games begin, with both teams testing and studying each other. Neither of the teams seemed to want to send to many men into the attack. The first real scoring opportunity came early in the first half. San Jose earned a corner kick. Marvin Chavez crossed it to the far post were Chris Wondolowski tried kicking it in but Galaxy’s new star goalkeeper, Jaime Penedo, was there ready to make the save. Galaxy responded with a shot from Robbie Keane but the shot was pushed wide left. As the minutes passed on, both teams seemed to gain confidence and bring up more men into the attack.

Then in the 26th minute of play, Galaxy was able to open up the scoreboard with a goal. San Jose was able to warn a free kick a couple of yards outside the box. They crossed it into the middle of the box but Omar Gonzalez was able to rise up higher than anyone and head the ball away to Marcelo Sarvas. Sarvas ran up with the ball and then passed it Keane. Keane touched the ball and he saw Landon Donovan make his run down the middle of the field. Keane flicked the ball over a San Jose defender towards Donovan. Donovan caught up to the ball took a few steps towards the edge of the box and shot on goal. Jon Busch, the Earthquake goalkeeper, dove to try to save the shot but he couldn’t do anything. The Los Angeles Galaxy was winning the California Classico one-nil.

Los Angeles kept attacking from all sides. They would look to cross the ball into the box from the flanks and if that didn’t work, they would try going down the middle and look for a shot. This aggressive nature from LA allowed them to earn a penalty kick in the 42nd minute of play. Keane had the ball on the right flank. He then passed the ball to Donovan who was on top of the box. Donovan quickly passed it to Gyasi Zardes who was on the left flank. He received the ball inside the box. Zardes tried cutting towards the middle of the box but Earthquake defender, Steven Beitashour, slid to try to get the ball. He missed Zardes’ lead leg but clipped his trail leg and Zardes fell inside the box. The referee awarded Galaxy a penalty kick without any hesitation. Keane stepped up to take the penalty. He shot it low and to his left but it wasn’t a good shot. Luckily for him, the ball seemed to bounce in front of Busch and he couldn’t make the save even though he guessed the direction correctly. The Galaxy was leading two-nil at the end of the first half.

The second half began just as the first one had ended, with LA being the better of the two teams. They were getting close of scoring their third goal but couldn’t find that final touch to put the ball in the net. Then in the 67th minute of the game, Galaxy was able to add another goal to their lead. Zardes had the ball on the left flank right outside the top corner of the box. He then crossed it to Sean Franklin who was on the other side of the box. Franklin simply headed to ball towards Keane who shot with his right foot on goal. Busch dove to try to save the shot but it was just outside his reach. Keane scored his second goal of the match and gave LA a three-nil lead.

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Chivas USA stuns the New York Red Bulls scoring three goals

Aug 25, 2013

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Chivas USA had just lost a heart breaker of a game on Wednesday and after the game the only thing they were saying was that they were happy that they had a short week. All the players said that when you lose a game like they did against FC Dallas. The Red Bulls were also looking forward to play Chivas USA. They hadn’t played well on the road but they knew that Chivas USA weren’t playing well and they could get three valuable points on the road.

The game started with the Red Bulls attacking a lot more than Chivas USA. When Chivas USA had the ball, it seemed like their attack was stagnate. Red Bulls on the other hand were using both flanks to attack. They had the best chance in beginning of the game when Thierry Henry crossed the ball to the far post to where Fabian Espindola was there to kick the ball on goal. It seemed like it was going to be an easy goal but Dan Kennedy came out of nowhere to reject Espindola’s shot. This save seemed to motivate Chivas USA because they were able to score just minutes after that enormous block. The play started with a bad clearance by Red Bulls. The ball landed close to where Edgar “El Chore” Mejia was at. He took control of the ball and passed it to Carlos Alvarez. Alvarez then passed it to Julio Morales. He received the pass and shot towards goal. Luis Robles couldn’t do anything to stop the shot and Chivas USA was leading the game one-nil.

Then Chivas USA did what Chivas USA has been doing throughout the season, they surrendered their lead. This time though, it happened a lot faster than usual. Just one minute after Chivas USA got the lead, the New York Red Bulls tied it back up. They earned a corner kick on the right side. Henry took it and crossed it towards the back post to where Tim Cahill was at. He jumped and headed it towards goal. A Chivas USA defender seemed to make an excellent goal line clearance but the referee’s assistant ruled that the ball had crossed the goal line. The score was now one-one.
Chivas USA retook the lead in the final minutes of the first half. Carlos Bocanegra had the ball in the middle of the field. He then gave Erick “El Cubo” a long pass towards the top of the box. “El Cubo” let it bounce then finally controlled it. New York Red Bulls’ defender, Ibrahim Sekagya, went up to defend “El Cubo.” He then tried cutting Sekagya to create some space but Sekagya put his body in the way and dropped “El Cubo” in the box. The referee pointed to the penalty spot without any hesitation and rewarded Chivas USA a penalty kick in the 45th minute of the game. “El Cubo” was given the responsibility of taking the penalty kick. He shot low and to the left and scored Chivas USA’s second goal of the game. He gave Chivas USA a two-one lead as they headed into the half.

Chivas USA came out in the second half with all the momentum. They forced Robles into making a few saves and keep the Red Bulls in striking range. Chivas USA was able to strike again in the 81st minute. Bryan de la Fuente had the ball on the left flank. He went running towards the top corner of the box and saw that Carlos Alvarez was wide open on the right side of the box. He crossed the ball to a wide open Alvarez who wasn’t able to control the ball perfectly but was able to control it. He turned and shot but a Red Bull defender was there to block the shot. The rebound didn’t clear the box and “El Cubo” was able to turn around and shot on goal. Robles again couldn’t do anything to save the shot and the ball went into the net giving Chivas USA a three-one lead.

The way Chivas USA was playing gave the impression that they were going to win easily but the New York Red Bulls were able to score another goal to make it interesting. Henry took a free kick and crossed it into the far post where Dax McCarthy elevated over everyone and headed the ball on goal. He scored New York’s second goal to cut Chivas USA’s lead to one only. For the remaining nine minutes, the Red Bulls had all the momentum and forced Kennedy to make even more impressive saves. The game finally ended with Chivas USA winning the game three-two.

Chivas USA will travel to Canada to face the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on September 1.

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Chivas USA couldn’t hold on to another lead

Aug 23, 2013

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Chivas USA hadn’t won a game since July 17 against Toronto FC. They were looking to turn around their luck by trying to beat FC Dallas. FC Dallas was also in a bad streak not winning since May 25 when they beat the San Jose Earthquakes. Dallas seemed to have the upper hand early in the game. Their best opportunity came in the 14th minute of the game. Blas Perez took the shot and he tried placing it in the far top corner but Dan Kennedy timed the ball perfectly and was able to leap and save the shot. As the first half progressed Chivas USA began to gain momentum and they were even able to force Raul Fernandez, FC Dallas goalkeeper, to make two spectacular saves of his own in the span of three minutes.

Chivas USA was finally able to break through FC Dallas’ defense and score the first goal of the game in the 43rd minute of the game. Marco Delgado had the ball at the top of the box. He crossed the ball to the center of the box where Bryan de la Fuente was by himself. He controlled the ball with his chest and shot on goal. The shot was able to get past Fernandez and went into the net. De la Fuente gave Chivas USA a one-nil lead just minutes from the end of the first half.

Chivas USA couldn’t hold on the lead like they couldn’t the entire year. Fabian Castillo had the ball on the left flank as he run down it. Carlos Bocanegra came out to meet him so Castillo instead of crossing it passed it back towards the top of the box were Blas Perez was at. He received the ball and shot on goal. Kennedy was about to dive to try to block the shot but the ball was deflected in front of him. He wasn’t able to react fast enough to the deflection and the ball went into the net, tying the game at one.

FC Dallas was able to get the lead in the 86th minute of the game. Ramon Nunez had the ball in the middle of the field. He saw that David Ferreira was running down the left flank by himself. He passed the ball to Ferreira who was soon as he received the ball, he ran up towards Kennedy. Kennedy came out to meet him but he didn’t come out fast enough. Ferreira shot it and Kennedy was able to get a finger on it but the ball kept spinning towards the goal. Bobby Burling tried to clear the ball at the goal line but when he tried stopping he just rolled in with the ball. The game was now two-one in favor of FC Dallas.

FC Dallas wasn’t done with scoring goals. They got their third goal in the 90th minute of the game. Perez had the ball in the middle of the field. Nunez made a run down the left flank and Perez hit him perfectly with a long pass. Nunez received the ball and ran towards Kennedy. A defender ran up to meet him but he didn’t cover Nunez tightly. Nunez shot the ball towards the far top corner of the right post and scored a spectacular goal. Kennedy tried to save it but he couldn’t do anything to stop the ball. The game ended shortly after with the victory going to FC Dallas in a three-one win.

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Two goals by Keane give the Galaxy a win over CS Cartagines

Aug 20, 2013

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The Los Angeles Galaxy started the CONCACAF Champions League at home facing the Costa Rican side CS Cartagines. Last year’s addition of the Champions League saw the Galaxy lose against the future champions, Monterrey from the Mexican soccer league. This year’s objective was to be the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions League.

The game started with LA being the aggressor of the two. They were using quick passes and quick movement to find the open spaces and try to take a shot on goal but they couldn’t get any clear opportunities at goal. CS Cartagines couldn’t find anything offensively and had to chase the Galaxy around the field. Their best option at goal came on the counter-attack but the shot was off the mark.

As the first half advanced, Galaxy was attacking Cartagines consistently but as it has happened for Galaxy this entire MLS season, they weren’t able to make the final shot. In other of their dangerous attacks, they were getting caught offside but they were getting closer and closer to scoring a goal. Galaxy got real close in the 41st minute when Michael Stephens crossed the ball to Robbie Keane. He received the ball with this chest, juggled the ball with his foot, turned and shot but the ball went high.

The second half began just as the first half ended, with LA Galaxy looking like the more aggressive team. In the first 10 minutes of the second half, they had created dangerous plays Cartagines’ defense didn’t fold. As the game progressed, LA was still the more dangerous team but Cartagines’ defense wasn’t letting up using any part of their body to stop the ball from going in. Galaxy finally broke the nil-nil score in the 66th minute of the match. Landon Donovan had the ball around midfield. He then gave Keane a long pass towards the top of the box. Keane controlled it and shot low towards goal. Cartagines’ goalkeeper, Wardy Alfaro, got a hand on the ball but the shot was too strong that it rolled off Alfaro’s hand into the net.

It seemed like the Galaxy were going to win the game one-nil. Then just seconds before the end of the game, Donovan had the ball and saw Keane making a move down the middle of the field. Donovan gave Keane a through ball and Keane ran down the middle of the field. As he got closer to the goalie, he slowed down faked the goalkeeper and shot towards goal. He scored his second goal of the game and Donovan got his second assist of the night.

The Galaxy were able to win this game pretty easily. Cartagines had a few opportunities but none of them were a clear look at goal. Donovan and Keane worked perfectly together notching two assists and two goals respectably. The only bad part of the night was that they couldn’t net more goals but with this two-nil win, they become the group leaders in their CONCACAF Champions League group.

The LA Galaxy will travel to Vancouver to face the Whitecaps on August 24.

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Goals by Villarreal and Zardas help Galaxy come back to win

Jul 20, 2013

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The Los Angeles Galaxy knew that they game versus the Vancouver Whitecaps was a very important game. The Whitecaps were two points in front of the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference standings and LA knew that if they wanted to advance further up the standings they would have to beat teams in front of them.

The game started with both teams attacking from the get-go. Most games, the teams start a little tentative because they are studying each other’s game plan. They normally poke and prod looking for a weak spot in the opponents’ defense without committing many men to the attack. In this game, both the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Vancouver Whitecaps came out committing men to the attack looking for the early lead. Galaxy was about to take the lead in the tenth minute when Hector Jimenez shot from distance but the ball hit the crossbar and bounced out. Galaxy’s attack was looking promising and it looked like they were going to take the early lead any minute.

Then something happen to the Galaxy that for this season, it seems like it’s the norm. Galaxy knew that they had all the momentum but then in Vancouver’s first scoring opportunity, they capitalized and scored the first goal of the game. Vancouver had the ball on the right flank. There they tried to pass it to Russell Teibert but the pass was behind him. He lifted he foot back and was able to expertly pass it to Camilo who was running on the left flank. Camilo received the ball and he ran straight towards Carlos Cudicini. Cudicini came out of his line to try to cut any shooting angle that Camilo could have but he shot before Cudicini got there. He shot it low and to Cudicini’s left but Cudicini couldn’t react fast enough to block the shot. Vancouver stunned the Galaxy in the 19th minute with the first goal of the game.

Galaxy tried to answer Vancouver’s goal quickly but Vancouver began playing better defense. Galaxy wasn’t able to reach Vancouver’s goal as often as they did before Vancouver scored their goal. Then the Galaxy were able to earn a free kick in a dangerous area. Juninho was the one who was in charge of taking the free kicks. He crossed the ball to the far post where Omar Gonzalez headed the ball back into the box. Jose Villarreal was able to get to the ball before anyone else and just tapped the ball into the net to score Galaxy’s first goal of the game and tie the match. LA was about to start celebrating when it seemed that the referee was about to call off the goal presumable because of an offside call. The Galaxy couldn’t believe their luck. They had just tied the game but their goal was nullified because of a nonexistent offside call. The referee went to confirm the call with his second assistant and after a short conference the referee decided that there was no offside and allowed the goal. LA was able to tie the game with Villarreal’s goal.

Galaxy came out in the second half looking to take the lead. They weren’t getting as clear opportunities as they did in the first half but they were still trying. They were attacking with crosses and long shots but none found their mark in the back of the net. Then Gyasi Zardes was able to break the one-one dreadlock in the 58th minute of the game. He received a long pass from Todd Dunivant but Zardes was only able to control the ball close to the touch line. There he was able to cut back into the field, dodge the defender and shoot on goal. His shot was low and hard. Brad Knighton tried to react fast enough to block the shot but he couldn’t stop the shot. Galaxy was leading the game two-one.

After that goal, the LA Galaxy began playing less aggressive. When they attacked it was more of a methodical attack. They would use short passes to advance the ball forward and of they saw that they weren’t able to advance the ball, they would pass the ball back and start the attack all over. By playing like that, Galaxy was able to secure this much needed win at home. With the win, they are now in third place in the Western Conference standings and only four points behind first place Real Salt Lake.

Their next game will be versus the Colorado Rapids at Colorado on July 27.

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Erick “El Cubo” Torres debuts with a game winning goal

Jul 17, 2013

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The game between Toronto FC and Chivas USA was a much expected game for Chivas USA fans. It wasn’t because Toronto was a big name in the MLS. It was because the two big signings for Chivas USA were finally going to play. Carlos Bocanegra and Erick “El Cubo” Torres were going to make their much anticipated debut against Toronto FC.

The game began with both teams coming out very tentatively. Toronto FC was passing the ball around looking for spaces to slowly make their way towards goal. Chivas USA was trying to do the same but they weren’t precise in their passing turning the ball over left and right. Neither team was able to break each other’s defense for the first 20 minutes of the half. Then it seemed like it would get easier for Toronto FC because the referee gave Chivas USA’s midfielder, Eric Avila, a red card for a supposed studs up tackle but it was a dubious call.

Toronto FC began to take advantage of their one man advantage and began to push more men forward sensing the momentum swing in their favor. Toronto had the first scoring opportunity of the game coming from the left flank. The play began with Toronto having the ball in the middle of the pitch. As the player got closer to the box, he saw his teammate, Jonathan Osorio, making a run on the left flank. The player passed him the ball. Osorio received the ball and made his way towards the touch line. He crossed the ball low towards the middle of the box to where Jeremy Brockie was trying to make contact with the ball, but Bocanegra was following close behind Brockie and didn’t allow him to hit the ball.

Surprisingly, Chivas USA came out attacking in the second half. Most people would think they would come out defending and try to get at least a point from this match but they did the opposite. They had two opportunities in the beginning of the half to try to score but they came out short on both of them. Then in the 60th minute, they had their best chance to score. Tristan Bowen had the ball on the right flank. He was able to out run his defender to give himself some space to cross the ball towards the middle of the box. It seemed like Toronto’s defense was going to clear the ball out but they missed the ball and the ball landed on “El Cubo’s” feet. It seemed to surprise him because he took too long to shoot which gave Toronto’s goalkeeper, Joe Bendik, time to position himself to block the shot.

Chivas USA scored in the 79th minute of the game. Bowen had the ball in the middle of the field. He saw “El Cubo” running on the right flank by himself and he passed him the ball. “El Cubo” received the ball and cut towards the middle of the field. He created himself some room and shot towards goal. The ball seemed to hit the knee of Steven Caldwell and redirect the trajectory of the ball. The goalkeeper couldn’t do anything but watch the ball switch direction and go into the net giving Chivas USA a 1-nil lead.

Chivas USA won the game 1-nil. It was their first victory in 14 games. Ever since Jose Luis “El Guero” Real has become Chivas USA’s coach, they have been playing a lot better. They have played much better defensively but what was missing was the offense. They two new players that Chivas USA acquired this transfer season came up big in the game. Bocanegra seemed very comfortable with the defensive group. He lead the defensive unit perfectly especially when they went a man down. He was putting men in the right place to defend anything Toronto threw at them. “El Cubo” played very well despite being the lone man up top. He held the ball when he had to and most importantly scored the game winning goal.

Chivas USA is going to try to keep this momentum when they visit the Seattle Sounders on July 28.

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Galaxy beats FC Dallas and moves to third place in the Western Conference Standings

Jul 7, 2013

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The Los Angeles Galaxy had a good result in their game on Thursday beating the Columbus Crew 2-1. They had a quick turn around and faced FC Dallas Sunday. Even though they won the game against the Crew, they weren’t able to score a goal during gameplay. Their two goals came in the form of penalties. It wasn’t because they weren’t creating any scoring chances; they just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. They knew that they had to be a lot sharper and be able to score goals against a much better FC Dallas team.

The game started with Galaxy being the more aggressive team. They were looking to score a goal early in the match. They were getting quality shots, but none went into the back of the net. Raul Fernandez, the FC Dallas goalkeeper, had a big reason why LA couldn’t score a goal. Robbie Rodgers had a good shot on goal, but Fernandez was able to look around his defender, track the trajectory of the ball, and save the shot.

Galaxy began changing the way they were attacking FC Dallas. In the first part of the half, they were shooting from outside looking for a rebound. In the second half of the half, they began crossing the ball much more. The problem with their crosses was that they weren’t sent into dangerous area. An FC Dallas defender would always get to the ball before an LA Galaxy attacker would. FC Dallas on the other hand, couldn’t find any offensive rhythm. When they had possession of the ball, they couldn’t go any further than three-fourths of the pitch. Their most dangerous build-ups came in the counter attack. They would use their speed to try to get behind the Galaxy defense but Galaxy was able to stop the attack before FC Dallas was able to create anything dangerous around Carlos Cudicini. The half ended with both teams unable to really assert any dominance over the other and it showed in the scoreboard. At the end of the first half both teams were tied at zero.

In the second half, Galaxy couldn’t get to FC Dallas’ net as cleanly as they did in the first half. Galaxy did create dangerous plays off the counter attack but none resulted in goals. In the 59th minute Galaxy almost scored a goal off a header by Gyasi Zardes. Hector Jimenez had the ball on the right flank. He crossed the ball to Zardes who headed it on goal. The ball looked like it was going to go in but Fernandez came up big blocking the shot by Zardes.
Galaxy was finally able to break the nil-nil deadlock in the 65th minute. Omar Gonzalez had the ball on the defensive side of the field. He saw Robbie Keane making a run towards the opponent’s box. Gonzalez sent a long pass to Keane who controlled it but was immediately defended by FC Dallas defender, Stephen Keel. He tried juking him but Keel wasn’t biting, so Keane cut in towards the touchline. Right before the ball crossed outside, he crossed the ball towards the middle of the box where Marcelo Sarvas headed the ball and scored.

Galaxy was able to score another goal in the 81st minute of the game. Keane had the ball on the left flank. He crossed the ball to were Jimenez was waiting for the ball. He controlled the ball cleanly and shot towards goal. Fernandez couldn’t react fast enough to save the shot and Jimenez scored the second goal of the game. With that goal, Jimenez was able to redeem himself for some mistakes he had during the game. A couple of times, if he would have made a better decision, Galaxy would have had a scoring opportunity.

Galaxy won the game 2-nil. They were finally able to score a goal during gameplay. They not only scored two goals, they were able to secure a shut-out. They were able to win both games in the short week. After this win, Galaxy was able to move to third place in the Western Conference Standings and only four points from the Supporters Shield. That is impressive because Galaxy started off the season badly and to be only four points away from the Supporters Shield speaks volume to how much better they have been playing lately.

The Galaxy travel to Portland to play the Portland Timbers on July 13.

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Galaxy wins a well deserved but difficult game

Jul 5, 2013

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The Los Angeles Galaxy had just had a disastrous weekend. They had not only lost in the California Classico against their hated rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes, but they allowed two late goals in the game. Luckily for them, they had to forget about that game quickly because they had a short week. They were going to play against the Columbus Crew the following Thursday.

The game started off slow for both teams. They both couldn’t find the precision in their passing and were turning the ball over with errant passing. Both teams were trying different ways of going forward, using both long and short passes to move the ball forward, but their imprecision didn’t let them get any real attack started. The Galaxy had the opportunity to score the goal when Robbie Keane gave Juninho a perfect through ball pass but Juninho’s shot went wide right. The Galaxy began to look more dangerous as the time ticked on. They kept shooting at goal but the ball was blocked by either the Crew’s backline or by their goalkeeper, Andy Gruenebaum. The Crew’s first shot came at the feet of their forward, Dominic Oduro, but his shot flew over the crossbar.

The game also began to get more physical as the game ticked on. Both teams were sliding hard and kicking even harder. It seemed they were playing on the edge of the rule book. They also started to commit more fouls which slowed down the rhythm of the game.

In the second half, Galaxy was more aggressive. They began committing more men to the attack and it showed in how many more dangerous opportunities they were able to create. The only problem is that Galaxy couldn’t find that finishing touch to finally put one in the net. This final lack of precision was best seen in a play where Omar Gonzalez gave a perfect pass to Robbie Keane, who was alone in the box. He received it cleanly, got away from his defender, and instead of burying the ball in the back of the net like most fans are accustomed to seeing, his shot went too high over the cross bar. Even though they lacked that final touch, Galaxy didn’t seem lose motivation or confidence in their attack. They kept attacking and looking for the first goal of the game. They even began to create dangerous plays in set pieces. They had a free kick in the 66th minute of the match. Juninho crossed the ball to the far post where Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes were waiting for the cross. As the ball approached, Gonzalez went for the ball first and pulled two defenders leaving Zardes open to head the ball cleanly. Zardes headed the ball down, but his shot hit the side of the net.

Sadly for Galaxy, soccer isn’t always the fairest sport. It looked like the LA Galaxy were going to score any minute, the Columbus Crew opened up the scoreboard with a goal of their own in the 78th minute. They earned a free kick in a very dangerous area. Federico Higuain crossed the ball to the middle of the box. Bernardo Anor made his run to where the ball was going to. He jumped up and headed the ball towards goal before anyone could get to Anor. Carlos Cudicini jumped to try to block the ball but the header was hit to a perfect location, the top right corner of the net. Cudicini couldn’t have done anything to save that shot. The Galaxy stood their stunned as the Crew celebrated their goal.

That goal took away all the momentum Galaxy had created since the beginning of the second half. They were down at home once again. They were losing at a place they use to be unbeatable. It seemed like they couldn’t come to grips that they were losing again. They finally got their head together and were able to earn a penalty in the 85th minute. Marcelo Sarvas had the ball in the middle of the field. He passed the ball to Keane who was on outside the box. He acted as if he was going to run to the middle of the box, but quickly passed it to Sarvas. He received the ball and passed it to Jose Villarreal who was crossing the box. Marcelo got run over by a Crew player right when he passed it to Villarreal. Gruenebaum ran out to try to get to the ball before Villarreal, but Villarreal beat Gruenebaum to the ball. Villarreal smartly moved the ball out of the way and was taken down by Gruenebaum. The referee signaled for the penalty without any hesitation. Gruenebaum stood up immediately and tried pleading his case but the referee didn’t change his mind. Keane grabbed the ball and set it up to take the penalty. He made his run and stuttered right before he reached the ball. He kicked the ball low and to the right fooling Gruenebaum who dived left. Robbie scored but he knew that it wasn’t time to celebrate. He grabbed the ball and took it to the middle of the pitch start the game quickly.

The goal gave the Galaxy new life. They didn’t want to lose or even tie at home. They wanted to win the game because they really needed that win. There wasn’t a lot of time left in the game so they began committing more men on their attack but that left their defense vulnerable. The Columbus Crew almost made them pay just three minutes after the Galaxy scored the ball. Chad Barson took the throw in and he threw it to the middle of the box where Oduro jumped and headed the ball over Cudicini. It seemed like the ball was going to roll pass the goal line but Todd Dunivant reacted quickly enough to clear the ball right before the ball crossed the goal line. This didn’t stop the Galaxy from staying aggressive in their attack. They almost scored a goal but Keane’s shot hit the crossbar.

Galaxy were able to get another penalty in the 91st minute. Jack McBean had the ball close to the outside of the box. He passed the ball to Colin Clark who was out wide. He saw Keane standing in the middle of the box alone. Clark crossed the ball to Keane but Anor ran him over right before the ball got there. The referee signaled for a penalty without any hesitation. Anor ran to the referee to try to plead his case but that didn’t change the referee’s mind. Keane stepped up to shot the penalty shot and did the same thing he did in the first penalty. He shot low and to the right. Gruenebaum guessed correctly but Keane placed the shot perfectly that Gruenebaum couldn’t block it.

The game ended with Galaxy winning the game 2-1. Even though they scored the two goals at the end of the game, Galaxy did deserve to win. They won in every statistical category and were the more aggressive team. Even though they won, there were still many questions that needed to be answered. The most important one was why couldn’t they score. They had created many opportunities to score, but they couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. What they did learn in the game was that the partnership between Robbie Rodgers and Keane was developing very well. They had created many dangerous plays that resulted in either a good shot or a dangerous cross.

The Galaxy have a short week and will play FC Dallas on Sunday July 7 at the StubHub! Center.

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