Match Recap: LA Galaxy 2, Sporting Kansas City 0
Donovan shines, as Galaxy snap Sporting's shutout streak with 2-0 win
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Postgame Quotes: LA Galaxy vs Sporting Kansas City
Sarvas and Donovan score to snap four-game winless streak
LA Galaxy 2, Sporting Kansas City 0
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
LA – Marcelo Sarvas 1 (Landon Donovan 1) 27’
LA – Landon Donovan 1 (Robbie Keane 2) 74’
SKC – Peterson Joseph (Yellow Card) 64’
LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini; Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant; Landon Donovan, Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Mike Magee; Robbie Keane©, Jack McBean (Greg Cochrane 68’).
Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Tommy Meyer, Rafael Garcia, Michael Stephens, Hector Jimenez, Jose Villarreal.
Sporting Kansas City: Jimmy Nielsen©; Chance Myers, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Seth Sinovic; Oriol Rosell (Peterson Joseph 46’), Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber (Bobby Convey 76’); Graham Zusi, C.J. Sapong (Soony Saad 67’), Claudio Bieler, .
Subs Not Used: Eric Kronberg, Ike Opara, Lawrence Olum, Mechack Jerome.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Eric Borja and Adam Garner
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
With the win, the Galaxy are now 3-1-2 on the season for 11 points. They are now tied with Real Salt Lake for second place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of fourth place Chivas USA but eight points behind first place FC Dallas.
The win snapped the Galaxy’s three-game losing streak and four-game winless streak in all competitions.
The Galaxy are now 3-0-1 in four regular season home games this year.
Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin and Robbie Keane all returned to the starting lineup after missing last weekend’s 1-0 loss at FC Dallas last weekend because of injury. They replaced Colin Clark, Greg Cochrane and the suspended Leonardo in the lineup. Of those three, only Cochrane dressed for the game, coming on as a second half substitute.
Marcelo Sarvas scored his first goal of the season in the 27th minute, finishing off a pass from Landon Donovan. Donovan was credited with his first assist of the season on the goal.
Sarvas’ goal was the first allowed by Sporting Kansas City since a 2-1 loss away to Toronto FC on March 9, snapping a streak of 546 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.
Donovan scored his first goal of the season midway through the second half, finishing off a pass from Robbie Keane on the counter attack. Keane was credited with his second assist of the season on Donovan’s goal. It was his first assist since the season opening win over Chicago.
Donovan was making his first home start of 2013 in the game.
Carlo Cudicini kept his third clean sheet of the season in the game, making two saves while also touching a Graham Zusi freekick off the crossbar in the first half.
All three of the Galaxy’s shutouts in MLS play have come at The Home Depot Center.
After allowing seven of their eight goals in all competitions in the final 12 minutes of games, the Galaxy allowed just a single shot after the 78th minute.
This was LA’s first win over Sporting Kansas City since May 14, 2011, going 0-1-1 in the two games since that win.
With the shutout, the Galaxy now lead MLS with just four goals allowed in the regular season. Kansas City had given up just three goals entering the game while New England entered the weekend with an MLS-best two goals allowed before losing 4-1 away to New York.
The Galaxy will be back in action on Saturday, April 27 when they travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake. That game kicks off at 6 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.