CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Alan Gordon scored midway through the first half and the Los Angeles Galaxy held off the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Sunday to snap a two-game scoreless stretch.
In the 23rd minute, Omar Gonzalez headed a free kick toward the far post and an unmarked Gordon headed it home in his 200th MLS appearance. It was the first goal in three games for Los Angeles (2-2-2) after being held scoreless in back-to-back matches for the first time since 2012.
Jaime Penedo made 10 saves for the Galaxy, including a sliding block of Aaron Kovar’s open attempt in the 87th minute.
Seattle (2-2-1) is winless in its last 10 games at Los Angeles — with its last win coming in 2009.
Gordon started in place of Robbie Keane, the reigning MLS MVP, who was out with an injury. U.S. national team captain Clint Dempsey sat out for the Sounders.
ORLANDO CITY 2, TIMBERS 0
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rookie Cyle Larin scored in his first start and Kaka added a goal on a penalty kick to give expansion Orlando City the victory over Portland.
Former Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts got his second shutout of the season to help Orlando City improve to 2-2-2 this season. The Lions have not lost in their three road games.
The loss snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak at home for the Timbers (1-2-3), dating to last season.
Larin, the first overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, scored in the 30th minute when he deflected a cross from Kevin Molino into the goal with his chest.
Kaka’s penalty kick came in the 85th minute.