FINAL: LA GALAXY 2, COLUMBUS CREW 1

LA Galaxy
2- 1
Columbus Crew
THURSDAY, JUL 4 7:30PM PDT StubHub Center
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BOX SCORE

LA Galaxy 2, Columbus Crew 1
Thursday, July 4, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
CLB – Bernardo Anor 1 (Federico Higuain 5) 78’
LA – Robbie Keane 6 (Penalty Kick) 85’
LA – Robbie Keane 7 (Penalty Kick) 92+

Misconduct Summary:
CLB – Dominic Oduro (Yellow Card) 43’
CLB – Josh Williams (Yellow Card) 66’
CLB – Bernardo Anor (Yellow Card) 92+

Lineups:
LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza (Jack McBean 83’), Todd Dunivant; Hector Jimenez (Jose Villarreal 61’), Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho, Robbie Rogers (Colin Clark 78’); Robbie Keane©, Gyasi Zardes.

Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Tommy Meyer, Pablo Mastroeni, Michael Stephens.

Columbus Crew: Andy Gruenebaum; Josh Williams, Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Chad Barson; Kevan George, Matias Sanchez (Konrad Warzycha 67’), Bernardo Anor, Ben Speas (Ethan Finley 66’); Federico Higuain©, Dominic Oduro (Tony Tchani 90’).

Subs Not Used: Matt Lampson, Tyson Wahl, Eric Gehrig, Aaron Schoenfeld.

Referee: Sorin Stoica
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry and Mike Kampmeinert
4th Official: Kevin Stott

Attendance: 24,180

Notes:

  • With the win, the Galaxy are now 8-7-3 on the season for 27 points. They move up to fourth place and are now one point ahead of both Vancouver and Colorado while they are three points behind third place Portland, who host the Galaxy on July 13.
  • The victory snapped LA’s two-game winless streak on July 4 and improved their record on the day to 10-5-3. This was the 18th straight season in which the Galaxy played at home on July 4 and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest streak in U.S. sports in terms of playing on Independence Day.
  • LA are now unbeaten in their last six regular season games against the Crew, going 5-0-1 in that time.
  • This is the first time this season that the Galaxy have won a game in which they conceded the game’s opening goal. They had been 0-6-0 this season when allowing the opening goal. While they did win two games in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs after falling behind, LA had not won a regular season game in which they had not won a regular season game when doing so since July 14, 2012 at Portland.
  • Bruce Arena made one change to the team that lost 3-2 away to San Jose last weekend, inserting Hector Jimenez into the starting lineup in place of Landon Donovan, who is away on international duty.
  • With Jimenez starting and Donovan unavailable, Jose Villarreal returned to the bench for the first time since returning from the FIFA U-20 World Cup over the weekend.
  • Of the eight home games that the Galaxy have played in the league this year, five have been tied 0-0 at the half.
  • Villarreal entered the game in the 61st minute, replacing Hector Jimenez for his first appearance for LA since June 8 away to Real Salt Lake.
  • Columbus went in front in the 78th minute when Bernardo Anor looped a header past Carlo Cudicini from a Federico Higuain freekick.
  • The goal was the 22nd of the year allowed by LA with 14 of those coming in the final 14 minutes.
  • Anor’s goal was also the 50th scored by Columbus against the Galaxy all-time.
  • LA equalized in the 85th minute when Robbie Keane converted a penalty kick that was awarded after Andy Gruenebaum fouled Jose Villarreal inside the area.
  • That was the third time this season that Villarreal had drawn a penalty but the first time it had been converted.
  • Just three minutes later, Keane struck the crossbar, keeping the score tied at 1-1.
  • However, LA would score the winner in the second minute of stoppage time, as Keane drew a penalty and then converted it for his team-best seventh goal of the season.
  • He now has 25 goals in 42 career regular season games with LA. He is the eighth different player to score 25 or more regular season goals for the club.
  • Of Keane’s seven goals this season, four have come from the penalty spot.
  • He is now 4-for-4 from the spot while LA are 5-for-7 on the year.
  • LA’s seven penalty attempts this year are tied for the second most in club history. Only in 2003, when the Galaxy drew eight penalties, did they attempt more spot kicks. The last time LA had seven penalties in a single season was 2007, when they also went 5-for-7.
  • Keane’s second penalty was the second goal that the Galaxy have scored this season in second half stoppage time, with the other earning the club a point away to Toronto FC on March 30.
  • Nearly half of the 49 combined goals scored and conceded in Galaxy league games this season have come in the final 15 minutes. LA have now scored eight times in the final 15 minutes while conceding 14. Additionally, of the nine goals scored and allowed in the Champions League, six came in the final 15 minutes.
  • All totaled, 28 of the 60 goals scored in Galaxy games in all competitions this year have been scored in the final 15 minutes.
  • A.J. DeLaGarza came out in the 83rd minute and was replaced by Jack McBean. That was the first time this season that DeLaGarza did not play the full 90 minutes in  regular season game.
  • Omar Gonzalez made his 115th appearance for the club while Juninho made his 105th and Hector Jimenez made his 30th.
  • LA are now 4-3-1 against the Eastern Conference this season with just two games remaining. Four of those eight games have been played at home, with the Galaxy going 3-1-0 in those matches.
  • Referee Sorin Stoica handed out three yellow cards in the game, all of which went to Columbus players.
  • LA outshot the Crew 23-8 and had six shots on target, compared to three for the Crew.
  • They also enjoyed almost 60% of the possession according to Opta Sports.
  • The Galaxy will be back in action at home on Sunday night when they take on FC Dallas at StubHub Center. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.