Keane scores again to lead Galaxy
SEATTLE (AP) — Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane scored in the 15th minute to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer on Saturday.
It was Keane’s sixth goal of the season for the Galaxy (7-3-8, 29 points), who were outshot 22-7, but still won their second straight after a seven-game winless streak.
The goal came on a counterattack. Defender Dave Romney gained possession on the L.A. side of midfield and sent a long through ball down the left wing. Gyasi Zardes caught up with it and took it into the penalty area, crossing it toward the middle. Keane ran onto it and drove it past goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
“A couple months ago, we probably would have lost,” said Keane, who also scored in Monday’s 2-0 home win against Vancouver. “Obviously, it’s a good three points away from home, especially coming here and defending against a good team.”
“It was a good performance all around, even though it wasn’t the prettiest game.”
In Chester, Brazilian Ilsinho scored in each half to help the Philadelphia Union beat 10-man D.C. United 3-0.
Roland Alberg opened the scoring through a penalty in the 20th minute. Ilsinho converted from the spot in the 37th for his first career MLS goal, and scored again in the 47th.
The Union (8-6-5) moved within one point of East-leading New York City FC, who visit Kansas City on Sunday.
In Toronto, Justin Morrow scored in the ninth minute to lead Toronto FC to a 1-0 win over Chicago.
Morrow ran onto a through ball from Sebastian Giovinco to score his second of the season.
The win vaults Toronto (6-6-5) ahead of two teams and back into the MLS playoff picture.
In Foxborough, Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored as New England stopped a three-game losing streak by beating Columbus 3-1.
Nguyen opened the scoring in the third minute for the Revs (5-7-7). He chest-trapped a failed clearance and volleyed it into the upper-left corner for his fifth goal of the season.
A pair of Crew defenders inadvertently ran into each other in the 71st minute, creating a wide-open look which Kei Kamara easily finished to cap the scoring against his former team. Columbus’ Will Trapp scored an own goal on a botched clearance attempt that gave the Revolution a 2-0 lead in the 34th minute.
In other games Saturday, Colorado played a 2-2 draw at Vancouver, while Montreal played out a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake.