LA Galaxy 3, Toronto FC 0 | MLS Match Recap
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane scored two more goals and Landon Donovan took sole possession of MLS's assists record Saturday night as the streaking LA Galaxy pulled ahead, for the moment at least, in the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield races with a 3-0 triumph over visiting Toronto FC.
Keane scored goals three minutes apart midway through the first half, his 18th and 19th of the season, and Donovan had the secondary assist on the second strike for his 136th career regular-season helper, pushing past Steve Ralston, whose record he tied with three assists in last week's 4-0 romp over New York.
The Galaxy (17-5-9), who have scored three or more goals in eight of their last 14 matches, extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games to pull ahead of Seattle, with 60 points to the Sounders' 57, in the Western/Shield races.
The Sounders (18-9-3) play Sunday at Colorado.
Toronto (11-12-7), which welcomed striker Jermain Defoe back from an adductor injury that had sidelined him most of the past two months, missed a chance to climb into the top five in the Eastern Conference and sit three points behind fifth-place Columbus. The Reds have a game in hand on all the other playoff contenders in the East.
A.J. DeLaGarza slid over to right back in place of Dan Gargan, who was out with a sprained left ankle, and Leonardo stepped into central defense for the Galaxy, who otherwise used the same lineup as in successive wins over FC Dallas and New York.
Toronto made two changes from last week's victory over Portland, with Warren Creavalle stepping in at right back for Mark Bloom, who is out with a knee injury, and Dominic Oduro moving from the wing to forward in place of Gilberto, nursing a hamstring ailment, with Jonathan Osorio pushed to the wing and Kyle Bekker stepping in next to Michael Bradley in central midfield.
Juninho nearly gave LA a 13th minute lead, striking the crossbar from 32 yards, and then Keane burnished his MVP credentials with goals in the 22nd and 25th minutes, his fourth multigoal game of the season and 13th since he joined LA in August 2011.
The first completed a superb passing sequence, with Marcelo Sarvas playing a give-and-go above Toronto's box with Baggio Husidic, then splitting two defenders with a sharp pass to the center of the box for Keane, who eluded Steven Caldwell and fired to the right side of the net.
Keane made it 2-0 almost immediately afterward. Donovan played a diagonal through ball to the right flank for A.J. DeLaGarza, who turned and tumbled as he chipped it back toward the top of the box. Keane, with no defenders nearby, measured the cross and volleyed it into the netting inside the right post.
Gordon scored on a 28-yard blast from Sarvas' assist deep in second-half stoppage.
The Galaxy often moved the ball brilliantly but repeatedly seemed one pass from another goal. They nearly added to their advantage in the 77th minute, when goalkeeper Joe Bendik slapped away a Keane chip at the left post, and in the 78th, when Stefan Ishizaki forced a Bendik save.
Moore came closest to scoring for TFC, hitting the left post from Daniel Lovitz's feed in the 25th minute, and Defoe nearly connected with Osorio in the 64th minute, but Omar Gonzalez cut off the pass in the goalmouth.
The Galaxy play next Sunday at FC Dallas, then finish the regular season with a home-and-home series with Seattle. Toronto is home Wednesday against Houston, then visits New York on Saturday before wrapping up their schedule with games against Montreal and at New England.
MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match
|Rank||Player||What We Saw|
|1||Robbie Keane||Added two more goals to his MVP campaign, the second a fantastic volley.|
|2||Landon Donovan||Continued his fantastic form, adding his now all-time MLS leading 136 assist.|
|3||Marcelo Sarvas||Channeled Donovan with his 10th and 11th assists of the year.|