Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Landon Donovan set up one goal and scored
another as the Los Angeles Galaxy claimed a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City
at The Home Depot Center on Saturday.
Sporting entered the contest on a five-game unbeaten run, with all five of
those matches ending in clean sheets.
But after 545 minutes without giving up a goal, Marcelo Sarvas finally cracked
the Sporting defense with an assist from Donovan, who found the net himself in
the 74th to secure the win.
After earning a victory in New York on Wednesday, Sporting looked a bit off
the pace, and the Galaxy took advantage with some sharp first-half play.
Mike Magee called Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen into action with a volley
after 10 minutes, while the best chance for the visitors came from a Graham
Zusi free kick in the 20th minute which struck the crossbar.
It was a brief scare for the hosts, but they went back on the attack in the
27th minute and were rewarded for a nice counter-attack move.
Donovan got down the left wing and into the penalty area before rolling the
ball to the front of the net for Sarvas, who applied the finishing touch from
a few yards out.
Sporting continued to struggle in the final third and the Galaxy found a
second goal in the 74th as Sarvas cleared a ball from the back that Robbie
He turned past a defender at midfield and raced in on goal, where he drew
Nielsen off his line before squaring the ball to Donovan for a simple tap in.
Keane could have extended the lead twice in the final 15 minutes as he found
himself in one-on-one situations with Nielsen, only to squander both chances
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