FINAL: LA GALAXY 3, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0

LA Galaxy
3- 0
San Jose Earthquakes
SATURDAY, AUG 31 7:30PM PDT StubHub Center
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BOX SCORE AND NOTES

LA Galaxy 3, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Saturday, August 31, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Landon Donovan 8 (Robbie Keane 10, Marcelo Sarvas 6) 26’
LA – Robbie Keane 11 (Penalty Kick) 43’
LA – Robbie Keane 12 (Sean Franklin 4, Gyasi Zardes 1) 67’

Misconduct Summary:
None

Lineups:
LA Galaxy: Jaime Penedo; A.J. DeLaGarza (Michael Stephens 83’), Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant; Sean Franklin, Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Gyasi Zardes (Pablo Mastroeni 84’); Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane© (Jack McBean 91+).

Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Tommy Meyer, Hector Jimenez, Jose Villarreal.

San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch; Steven Beitashour, Jason Hernandez, Clarence Goodson, Jordan Stewart; Sam Cronin, Marvin Chavez (Shea Salinas 72’), Chris Wondolowski©, Alan Gordon (Jaime Alas 76’), Marvin Cordell Cato; Steven Lenhart (Adam Jahn 89’)

Subs Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jun Marques Davidson, Erik Hurtado, Camilo.

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Rottersman and Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Daniel Radford

Attendance: 27,000

Notes:

  • With the win, the Galaxy are now 13-9-4 on the season, giving them with 43 points. They remain alone in second place in the Western Conference, five points behind first place Real Salt Lake, who defeated Portland 4-2 on Friday night. Seattle are now in third place with 40 points, leaving them three points behind LA.
  • This is the first time that the Galaxy have won three straight league games this season and the first time that they have won four straight in all competitions this year.
  • LA were last on a four-game winning streak in all competitions in 2012 when they won five straight games in all competitions between August 23 and September 14.
  • The Galaxy are now 9-1-2 at home this season and 6-0-2 at home against the Western Conference.
  • This was the Galaxy’s first regular season win over San Jose since August 2011, snapping a four-game winless streak.
  • Despite having not won any of their previous four league games against San Jose, LA have now scored two goals or more in six straight games against the Earthquakes and seven of eight including the two sides’ playoff series last year.
  • Bruce Arena made one change to the team that beat Vancouver 1-0 at BC Place last weekend with Sean Franklin returning to the starting lineup in place of Hector Jimenez, who  was on the bench,
  • The only other changes to the 18-man squad were the returns of Tommy Meyer and Jose Villarreal to the bench in place of Kofi Opare and Laurent Courtois. Villarreal missed the win over the Whitecaps because of an illness.
  • The Galaxy went ahead in the 26th minute when Robbie Keane played Landon Donovan in behind the San Jose defense, allowing Donovan to round goalkeeper Jon Busch and slot a shot into the net, making the score 1-0.
  • That goal was Donovan’s 100th in a Galaxy shirt, making him the third player in league history to score 100 or more regular season goals for a single club, joining Jaime Moreno and Taylor Twellman.
  • Donovan now has 132 regular season goals in his MLS career, leaving him one goal shy of tying Jaime Moreno for second in MLS history all-time and two goals shy of tying Jeff Cunningham for the all-time MLS record.
  • He was making his 200th regular season start for the Galaxy, becoming just the second player in club history to do so.
  • Keane was credited with his 10th assist of the season on the goal, setting a new career-high in MLS. That was also the 20th assist of his Galaxy career, making him the 10th player to record regular season 20 assists in his Galaxy career.
  • The assist also made him the first player with 10 or more goals and 10 or more assists in MLS this season and just the fifth to do so in Galaxy history. Prior to Keane, the last Galaxy player to accomplish the feat was Landon Donovan, who did so in 2005.
  • Keane now has a goal or an assist in seven of nine home games that he has played in the league and nine of 12 in all competitions.
  • Marcelo Sarvas was also credited with an assist on the goal, giving him six on the season, which are the most of his MLS career.
  • This was the third straight game in which LA have scored first. They had not scored first in any of their previous four games before this recent run.
  • Keane doubled the LA lead in the 43rd minute from the penalty spot for his 11th goal of the season. The penalty was earned when Gyasi Zardes was pulled down inside the penalty area by Steven Beitashour.
  • Keane is now a perfect 5-for-5 from the spot this season and eight of nine since joining the Galaxy in all MLS matches.
  • That was the eighth penalty earned by LA this season, which are the most in MLS.
  • Keane added a second in the 67th minute for his MLS-best fourth multi-goal game in league play this season. He has scored multiple goals in a quarter of the games that he has played this year.
  • Keane now has 30 regular season goals all-time for the Galaxy, making him just the seventh player in club history to do so in club history.
  • Sean Franklin and Gyasi Zardes were each credited with assists on the goal with Zardes crossing for Franklin who headed down into the path of Keane, allowing him to volley past Busch.
  • For Franklin, it was his fourth assist of the season and third in his last three games with all three of those coming at StubHub Center.
  • That was the 20th assist of Franklin’s MLS career, becoming the club’s 11th player to do so.
  • Zardes’ assist was the first of his MLS career.
  • Jaime Penedo made his fourth consecutive start in all competitions and collected his third straight shutout. He has now gone 270 minutes without conceding a goal.
  • Penedo is the first Galaxy goalkeeper since Jorge Campos in 1996 to win each of his first three starts in the league.
  • This is the first time this season that the Galaxy have collected a clean sheet in three straight games in all competitions.
  • No players were carded for either side for the first time in the 53 all-time regular season meeting between the Galaxy and Earthquakes.
  • It was just the fourth time that the Galaxy did not have a player carded against San Jose and the first since October 2003.
  • Pablo Mastroeni came on in the second half for the 333rd appearance of his MLS career, moving him into a tie with current Galaxy President for eighth place in MLS history. He has the most league appearances of any currently active field player.
  • The game was played before a sellout crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center. This was LA's first sellout of the season.
  • The Galaxy will be back in action at home on Saturday, September 7 when they host the Colorado Rapids at StubHub Center. That game, which is presented by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen live locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.