FINAL: LA GALAXY 5, CHIVAS USA 0

LA Galaxy
5- 0
Chivas USA
SUNDAY, OCT 6 2:00PM PDT StubHub Center
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BOX SCORE AND NOTES

LA Galaxy 5, Chivas USA 0
Sunday, October 6, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Robbie Keane 14 (Landon Donovan 9, Gyasi Zardes 2) 6’
LA – Landon Donovan 9 (Gyasi Zardes 3) 23’
LA – Gyasi Zardes 4 (Unassisted) 26’
LA – Landon Donovan 10 (Pablo Mastroeni 1) 41’
LA – Robbie Keane 15 (Laurent Courtois 1) 90’

Misconduct Summary:
None

Lineups:
LA Galaxy: Jaime Penedo; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez (Tommy Meyer 46’), Kofi Opare, Todd Dunivant; Michael Stephens, Pablo Mastroeni (Rafael Garcia 75’), Marcelo Sarvas (Laurent Courtois 86’), Gyasi Zardes; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane©.

Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Greg Cochrane, Hector Jimenez, Jose Villarreal.

Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy©; Mario De Luna, Carlos Bocanegra, Bobby Burling, Jaime Frias; Carlos Alvarez (Eric Avila 32’), Edgar Mejia, Carlos Borja (Josue Soto 69’), Bryan de la Fuente; Matthew Fondy (Gabriel Farfan 46’), Erick Torres.

Subs Not Used: Tim Melia, Carlo Chueca, Tristan Bowen, Julio Morales.

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Kampmeinert and Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Kevin Stott

Attendance: 21,160

Notes:

  • With the win, the Galaxy are now 14-11-6 on the season, leaving them with 48 points. They remain tied with Colorado for fourth place in the Western Conference, four points behind first place Real Salt Lake and three points behind second place Seattle. Portland are alone in third place, two points ahead of LA and Colorado.
  • The win snapped LA’s four-game winless streak.
  • The Galaxy finish the season with a 2-0-1 record against Chivas USA, winning the annual series between the two for the sixth straight year and the eighth time in nine years.
  • The 5-0 victory was the biggest-ever margin of victory in the SuperClasico and LA’s biggest win since a 6-1 win at Colorado on August 5, 1998.
  • This was the first time that the Galaxy scored five goals in a game since beating Portland 5-3 on July 14, 2012.
  • Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was suspended for the game, leaving associate head coach Dave Sarachan to take charge of the club.
  • He made two changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Portland last weekend with Pablo Mastroeni and Michael Stephens each returning to the starting lineup in place of Juninho and Hector Jimenez. Juninho missed the game with a right adductor strain while Jimenez was on the bench.
  • In addition to Juninho, the Galaxy were also without A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo and Robbie Rogers, who all missed the game with injuries.
  • The Galaxy took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when Robbie Keane scored his 14th goal of the season.
  • Landon Donovan and Gyasi Zardes were each credited with assists on the goal.
  • Each of Keane’s last two goals have come in the opening 10 minutes, having scored seven minutes into the 2-2 draw with D.C. United on September 14. Prior to those two games, he had never scored in the opening 10 minutes of an MLS game.
  • Donovan doubled the Galaxy lead in the 23rd minutes with his first goal of the game.
  • That goal was the 133rd of his MLS regular season career, moving him into a tie with Jaime Moreno for the second most goals in league history.
  • It was also his 10th goal against Chivas USA. They are the fifth different team that Donovan has scored 10 or more goals against in his regular season career.
  • Zardes was also credited with an assist on that game, giving him the first multi-assist game of his MLS career.
  • He would add his fourth goal of the season three minutes later, giving the Galaxy a 3-0 lead.
  • Of Zardes’ four goals, two have come against Chivas USA and two have come against Vancouver. He has four goals and two assists in five games against those two clubs while just one assist in 19 games against the rest of MLS.
  • Landon Donovan gave LA a 4-0 lead going into the half, scoring his 10th goal of the season in the 40th minute off a pass from Pablo Mastroeni.
  • The goal was the 134th of his MLS regular season career, moving him into a tie with Jeff Cunningham for the most goals in league history.
  • This was Donovan’s second multi-goal game of the season, matching his total from 2012. He now has 30 in his career, which are the most in MLS history.
  • That was Mastroeni’s first assist in an MLS regular season game since August 20, 2011 when he as a member of the Colorado Rapids.
  • He was making just the third league start of his Galaxy career in the game while it was the 334th appearance of his MLS career. He is now alone in eighth place in all-time regular season games played, moving ahead of Galaxy President Chris Klein.
  • Robbie Keane rounded out the scoring in the 90th minute, scoring off a pass from Laurent Courtois. This was his first multi-goal game against Chivas USA.
  • That goal gave Keane 15 on the season, making him the second player in Galaxy history to score 15 or more goals in consecutive seasons. Carlos Ruiz was the first player to do so, scoring 24 in 2002 and 15 in 2003.
  • He is the 10th different player in MLS history to scored 15 or more goals in back-to-back seasons.
  • Keane’s 15 goals have come in just eight games. His five multi-goal games leave him tied with Vancouver’s Camilo for the most in MLS this season.
  • Courtois’s assist was his first as a member of the Galaxy and his first of the season.
  • He now has two assists in his MLS career, with each coming in October in games that he came on as a second half substitute.
  • Courtois, who signed with the Galaxy in July after being released by Chivas USA, became the 11th different player to play for in the SuperClasico for both teams.
  • Keane and Donovan each finished the game with two goals. The last time LA had multiple players scored multiple goals in a game was September 22, 2012 when Keane and Juninho each scored twice in a 4-2 home win over Toronto FC.
  • The Galaxy finished the game with five shots on goal, scoring on each of them.
  • Jaime Penedo only had to make one save for his third shutout in the league and fourth in all competitions.
  • Omar Gonzalez left the game at halftime as a precautionary measure because discomfort in his left adductor. He was replaced by Tommy Meyer, who was making his first appearance since July 27 at Colorado.
  • The Galaxy outshot Chivas USA 12-5 and have now outshot their opponent in all 15 home games that they have played this season.
  • The Galaxy return to action on Wednesday, October 16 when they host the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center. That game, which is presented by City National Bank, is the first-ever meeting between the two sides in Southern California and the second all-time. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live in English on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and in Spanish on Time Warner Cable Deportes.
POSTGAME QUOTES

MLS Postgame Quote Sheet
LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA
Sunday, October 6, 2013
StubHub Center

LA GALAXY ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH DAVE SARACHAN
On the win:
“It was no secret that we were at a point now that we needed three points. I thought the guys, given the conditions today and as hot as it was, came up with a very good attitude and came up with three points, which is the most important thing. It gets us closer to a playoff position. Sure it’s nice to score five goals, but the key was getting three points and we did that. It’s massive. We kind of think that the season started today.”

On Landon Donovan tying the MLS all-time goal scoring record:
“We’ve known Landon for a long time. Very proud over these years to follow Landon, to be a part of Landon’s career. We say it over and over when Landon is healthy and in full tilt you take him over anyone else. Very proud and he should be very proud of the achievement, but he will be the first to tell you that the three points were more important. Just hope it continues.”

On Gyasi Zardes’ performance today:
“Gyasi has been like a caged lion for in terms of getting some points on the board. We spent some time in training, and hopefully it paid off a little bit for him, on recognizing moments where he can really use his speed to get by guys. Today, I thought he did an excellent job of finding those moments to find some space to use his speed to beat the defenders. That’s part one. Part two is that once you’ve beaten the defender you get to serve it properly, which he did. He had two assists and got himself a goal. Production wise we are very pleased for Gyasi. I thought in the second half, like most guys, tired a little bit, maybe took his foot off the gas. He’s a young guy, so he needs to understand that 90 minutes is 90 minutes, but this was a big game for him. I was pleased.”

On Michael Stephens’ performance today:
“Mikey competes. The guy competes. He’s tactically very sharp in terms of knowing where to position himself. You never have to question his desire and his effort that he’s going to put in. I think he made good decisions today. Fair enough, we had some space to play, but I think Mikey, in that role, both sides of the ball, did a very good job.”

On defeating Chivas USA:
“I’m just happy we won. It didn’t matter who we played today. It’s a Clasico, and I know that you guys build that up as an emotional affair. I think that we are at a point in our franchise that it’s not quite the emotional affair that you guys think it is. It was just another game today. We respect them. I think their coach is a classy guy. I think their staff is trying to get that ship righted. We respect them. We look at this as we banged in some goals, which we were pleased about, and got three points.  It happened to be against Chivas.”

LA GALAXY FORWARD LANDON DONOVAN
On tying Jeff Cunningham for the MLS all-time goalscoring record:
“I said a couple of times earlier in the week if this had happened earlier in my career I would have thought about it more, but we are in a playoff race. For us right now it’s about winning, but at halftime it hit me and I realized it. I’ll sit and think about it at some point, but for now I want to keep going. It’ll be nice to get it and get it out of the way, so there is no attention on it. I would trade, maybe not all of them, but most of them for another champions ring.”

On Gyasi Zardes' performance:
“I think we expected them to come out and play with one forward, but they started out with two. So that left Robbie [Keane] and I and Gyasi basically 3-v-3 on the other side. So when the ball turned over, we did a very good job of giving it over to Gyasi and I thought he was terrific tonight. He’s been working all year on doing the things he did tonight. They haven’t always come off during the season, but you can see him getting closer and closer. I was very happy for him to get the goal, but I thought he dominated on that side of the field. He made so many chances for us. I thought he was terrific. As the game went we talked about being professional, because you have a tendency to let down as a professional when you are up 4-0 at halftime. So, I thought that in the second half we were great. I think that had they played the same way, we might have tacked on a few more, but they played with one forward and a little bit more defensively so the score would stay there. I thought our passing was very good.”

On defeating Chivas USA:
“We’ll take it with a grain of salt. Chivas USA has been the second worst team in the league this year, so we aren’t exactly doing cartwheels all over the place saying how great we are. You still have to score the goals; you still have to do well, but it’s going to get a lot more difficult. Montreal is a very good team. San Jose is fighting for their playoff lives, and who knows where it ends up with Seattle, so we’re a step closer to the playoffs. It’s going to get a lot harder now. We understand that, but it’s still good for everyone’s confidence to hit the net.”

LA GALAXY FORWARD GYASI ZARDES
On scoring in the first half:
“That was great because practice pays off but my teammates, I give them thanks because without my teammates I won’t get the ball. I just opened up and just used their advice by going to my left and they produced two assists.”

On what it felt like to contribute to Landon’s scoring record:
“Congratulations to Landon. It feels wonderful just to get an assist, just to contribute to him breaking records and I’ll do my best to keep playing well so he can continue to break more records.”

On how important it was to get off to a strong start:
“We knew from the start our game plan was just to hop up on top of them and just go for the throat.”

On what the goal does for his confidence:
“It definitely feels great but I keep in my mind that I have to play better each and every single game and just keep working hard.”

LA GALAXY FORWARD ROBBIE KEANE
On today’s result:
“It was really important to get three points and I think the way we started up until the end was very professional, dominating performance by everybody so overall very, very pleased.”

On Landon tying the all-time scoring record:
“It’s a great achievement for anybody to score that many goals. I wasn’t aware but that’s very, very good and I’m delighted for him so hopefully he can [break the record] next week.”

On how well the attacking players performed:
“I think if you look at the performances from certainly the attacking players and Gyasi, he was unstoppable today, so that’s what we’ve been waiting for and expecting since he’s walked in the door. So to be fair to him there’s been a lot of pressure on him from people probably expecting probably too much too early but he stood up today and you can see I think every week that’s he’s getting better and better and if he continues to play like that, he’s a nightmare for any defender because no defender wants to play against someone with his pace and his trickery.”

On how important it was to get the first goal:
“I think it’s important, we said before the game, it’s important to get the first goal. You get the first goal and open them up and that was certainly the case. Once we got the fourth one, the floodgates opened so we didn’t really capitalize too much in the second half but you can be forgiven for that because of the weather and the conditions and we were just trying to keep the ball as much as we could and when we had chances to score we would take them but we got one in the second half. But great team performance, good quality of team performance even with the conditions and the hot weather and the pitch was fairly dry because of the heat but obviously delighted with it.”

LA GALAXY DEFENDER OMAR GONZALEZ
On the win:
“This was a really great victory for us. I’m happy that we came out here the right way, unlike we did against D.C. United where these teams are in the lowest part of the table and we don’t come out and perform but today was a different story. We showed up the right way and we won 5-0 and that puts us tied for fourth now and gives us a little bit of leeway with San Jose, four points behind us, and we just have to keep on moving forward.”

On Landon Donovan tying the goal scoring record:
“I am extremely happy for him. He’s done so much in his career and now he’s close to being the highest goal scorer in this league so that’s really exciting and hopefully we can get that for him soon and get that out of the way and then continue to just focus on playoffs.”

On the performance of Gyasi Zardes:
“It was really good to see Gyasi aggressive on the line, taking people on, putting in some decent crosses so that’s what you want to see from him.”

CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH JOSE LUIS REAL

Thoughts on the match:
“Without a doubt, it has been a game, not only poorly played, but most importantly with what we should always have which is spirit and that’s the part that leaves everyone, players, coaching staff, very disappointed after having a performance like today’s.

“Excuses, I could give you five, but they’re not worth it and here the only thing that matters is that we have had our worst game, made too many errors, and unfortunately we do it in a [SuperClásico] in a very important stadium and we just don’t have any justification. Today, we simply recognize that this was our worst game that I’ve coached, because not even the game we lost at Houston was completely different, but this one was. The only thing that we can never lack is attitude and the spirit to do a lot of things, and today, we didn’t do that.”

On what the team lacked:
“The goal in the early minutes of the game knocked us out. We had planned to take a risk, from the beginning pressure the Galaxy in the first 20 minutes knowing that we have a young team. We play at 2 [p.m.], and that Galaxy is a team of good quality. Our idea was to pressure them the first 20 minutes, thinking we could somehow surprise them and take advantage one way or another, but the goal that they scored in the beginning took away the plan that we had.”

On how the team is going to bounce back:
“Without a doubt, that’s something we’re going to do. We’re not going to end like this, we can’t finish off the season with a bad game like the one from today’s. Surely, we’re going to get better in the upcoming two games because I think that everything that Chivas could have done wrong in the tournament, they did today. I’m sure that there is nothing worse that we can do.”

CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER DAN KENNEDY

Thoughts on the game:
“Going into the game our focus was mainly Landon [Donovan] and [Robbie] Keane’s movements, and how they, one checks in, and one moves in behind. They seemed to really get us on the wings, and got behind us on the outsides, and created a lot of problems early on, and before we knew it, they had three goals to show for. You know they were clinical today. On the first goal Landon - not many players in this league know how to be patient enough to hold that ball back, a lot of the guys would have just gone for the goal there. You have to give them credit; they were worth the five-goal performance today. Their movement in the attacking third and the ability to get in behind us, and get at us was the difference.”

On Real’s comments about not ending the season like this:
“No, and we are not going to, we have two more games. We actually have a significant amount of time off league play and it will give us plenty of time to regroup, recover and prepare.”

On the team’s mentality moving forward:
“The same as always: to win. We work too hard to go out and have performances like today.” 

On what to take from this game:
“This one hurts badly. We are a little shell-shocked about it, but the season goes on. We have two more games to play for and I imagine there will be some table positioning up on the table for us and for other teams, so we need to continue to understand there’s a lot to play for.”

CHIVAS USA DEFENDER CARLOS BOCANEGRA
Thoughts on the match:
“Galaxy do a good job in their attack in putting you in some bad positions and making you make plays. Today we didn’t make those plays and goals resulted off it.”

On performance:
“Obviously everybody is pissed off today. That was an embarrassment to lose 5-0 like that. We got to look at ourselves and each and every one of us. We all have to be held accountable and we all have to do better.”

On moving on:
“No, we have to do better. This is unacceptable for each and every individual on the field. We either have to make some changes or we have to pull our heads out and do a lot better because this is unacceptable.”

On the heat being a factor:
“They had to deal with it too. We both train here. It’s the same city, so we can’t use that as an excuse.”