Los Angeles beat Seattle 1-0 to end 2-game scoreless streak
CARSON, California (AP) — Alan Gordon scored midway through the first half as the Los Angeles Galaxy held off the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Sunday to end a two-game scoreless stretch in Major League Soccer.
In the 23rd minute, Omar Gonzalez headed a free kick toward the far post and an unmarked Gordon nodded it home in his 200th MLS appearance. It was the first goal in three games for Los Angeles after being held scoreless in back-to-back matches for the first time since 2012.
Gordon started in place of Robbie Keane, who was out with an injury. United States captain Clint Dempsey sat out for the Sounders.
Jaime Penedo made 10 saves for the Galaxy, including a sliding block of Aaron Kovar’s open attempt in the 87th minute.
Seattle is winless in its last 10 games at Los Angeles — with its last win coming in 2009.
In the day’s only other game, Orlando City rookie Cyle Larin scored in his first start and Kaka added a penalty in the Lions’ 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers.
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.
Orlando City has not lost in its three away games so far.
The loss ended a seven-game unbeaten streak at home for the Timbers dating to last season.