After a crazy week for the LA Galaxy, winding down with a Cali Clasico win just puts the cherry on top of the sundae. Donovan signed a new contract and was also called up (along with Gonzalez) to the 23 man USMNT squad for next week’s World Cup Qualifier. Both of the guys, along with Keane and Penendo, will miss LA’s next game against Colorado. All of that aside, the guys were in top form last night as they took on their Cali Clasico rivals San Jose. These two clubs have a history of hating each other, and the fans also have a rough past. San Jose won the first meeting earlier this year, and I’m not going into detail because it’s one of those games that I put in the “this game shall never be talked about” category. Anyways, let’s get on with the recap! Buckle down y’all.
First half started off right up LA’s alley, Robbie Keane almost had a goal in the 19th minute but was a hair away from the goal. Five minutes later Keane and Landon Donovan proved once again that they are force to be reckoned with when they connect on the field. Keane played the ball over the defense and Donovan turned on his cheetah like speed as he beat San Jose’s keeper and gave LA the 1-0 lead.
Donovan is only three goals from the most goals scored in MLS, and this goal was his 100th goal with LA Galaxy. He’s only the third player alongside Taylor Twellman and Jaime Moreno to reach 100 goals with one team. Aww yeah! San Jose started losing their footing around the 40th minute, and it all came tumbling down for them in the 42nd minute. Zardes was taken down in the box and LA was awarded a penalty kick, Keane calmly tucked the ball into the back of the net and LA took over with a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
It took 20 odd minutes for the second half to pick up the pace. In the 68th minute Keane netted his second of the night and gave LA the 3-0 lead. Not only was I ecstatic because LA was winning, but Keane is the captain of my Fantasy team which means double points!!! Heck yes. For the final 20 minutes LA kept up the pace and never let up on San Jose. As the final whistle blew LA won 3-0 and took second place in the West. Even though it was a boring second half, it was still exciting that LA came away with three points.
LA’s next game will be next Saturday against Colorado!