Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes were both in fine form Wednesday evening in Carson when the Los Angeles Galaxy took on the New England Revolution. The party started early when Robbie Keane opened the scoring with a goal in the 10th minute, a goal reminiscent of his glory days at Tottenham Hotspurs. Baggio Husidic assisted the Galaxy number seven and the festivities would continue several minutes after. Gyasi Zardes was sent in on goal in the 15th minute but Shuttleworth saved his shot, the tempo of this game was set very quick by the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The second goal of the night came for the Galaxy in the 18th minute. Stefan Ishizaki was deployed in the right midfield position and after fighting off a tackle and foul from the Revolutions Goncalves. Ishizaki was able beat past Goncalves tackle and foul to reach deep into the Revs own penalty box. The Swedish midfielder then sent in a low pass into the Revolution box, which Robbie Keane was able to pass it off into the path of the on running Zardes. Gyasi was able to receive the ball on the run and on his first touch blasted the ball into the back of the net for the Galaxy's second goal.
The night would then turn into a massive uphill battle for the New England Revolution when AJ Soares was sent off for studs up challenge on Juninho in the 28th minute. The obstacle placed ahead of the Revolution was evident, but they would be given a lifeline by the referee and the Los Angeles Galaxy's Dan Gargan. Gargan was sent off in the 35th minute for a cynical challenge on Bunbury, which awarded the Revolution with a penalty kick that Lee Nguyen was able to convert. At this point the match looked like it could potentially open up for both sides the Galaxy only led by one goal 2-1 and were also on a equal playing ground with each side playing with ten.
After the halftime Bruce Arena looked to exploit the space that had opened up from the two sending offs. The Galaxy head coach decided to make a change; Landon Donovan came on for Baggio Husidic at the half. The scoring would resume as well after just three minutes from the restart when AJ de la Garza played Robbie Keane out wide on the left. Keane immediately whipped a low cross into the box where Gyasi Zardes was able to get on the other end of the ball. Zardes off his first touch redirected the ball high into the roof of Shuttleworth's net making it 3-1 to the Galaxy. At that moment Robbie had broken his scoring drought and assisted two of the Los Angeles Galaxy's goals.
Things would soon turn into a nightmare for the New England Revolution in the 75th minute. Stefan Ishizaki sent his free kick into the top of the wall which the ball took a nasty deflection off of both Bengston and Neumann and into the back of Shuttleworth's net making 4-1 to the hosts in the 75th minute. Things did not settle down there in the 75th minute, Robbie Keane would grab his second goal of the night in the 78th minute from a awful back pass by the Revs. Keane was easily able to run onto the pass that if made by a white shirt at the time many would revel in the passes perfection. Shuttleworth was forced to come out of his penalty area, which the veteran striker was able to round the goalie and easily slot home the fifth for the Galaxy and his second of the night.
The Los Angeles Galaxy has been undefeated in eight matches in Major League Soccer so far this campaign. The next test for the Galaxy will be the next two road matches coming up on the 19th and 28th of July. The Galaxy on Saturday the 19th will be entertained by Graham Zusi's Sporting Kansas City. Kansas City currently sits top of the Eastern Conference and have been undefeated in five Major League matches. The next match on the 28th the Galaxy will be in Seattle taking on the number one team in Major League Soccer currently and number one in the Western Conference the Seattle Sounders. Will the Galaxy be able to continue their recent form into the next coming weeks, only time will tell.
Photography credited to Angelica Orozco