After having the weekend off LA Galaxy were back in action last night against Montreal Impact. It was the first and only meeting this season between the two clubs, last year’s game ended in a 1-1 draw after David Beckham scored the tying goal. Last night’s game was a chance for LA to make their playoff hopes more secure as things are coming down to the wire for the teams in the Western Conference. Both teams were without several of their key players; LA Galaxy was without Gonzalez (hip injury), Donovan (ankle injury) or Penendo (International duty) while Keane was in the 18 after arriving back in LA 5 hours before kickoff. With that being said, it was up to the LA Galaxy young guns to shine bright like diamonds (don’t hate) and they did just what they needed to do.
You know those games that start out really slow and don’t start to get into the groove until the second half? That’s how tonight’s game was from my perspective. Sure both teams had their fair chances at scoring a goal but neither came out on top. Maybe it was the fact that neither team had a pep in their step, or it could have been that I was watching Ironside while trying to study for my Biology midterm… Oops.
Anyways! Jack McBean and Zardes were pairing up quite nicely and both had several shots that just couldn’t find the back of the net. The first half ended level 0-0 and I was needing the second half to add a little flare like the USMNT game if I was going to stay awake. Thankfully I wasn’t let down because the game started to pick up around the 52nd minute as Villarreal got a header that barely missed the goal. It brought new life to LA and they stared picking up their pace. Keane was subbed in in the 60th minute which added even more fire to LA Galaxy.
It all went right in the 68th minute as Kofi Opare netted his first MLS goal in his fourth MLS start. It definitely isn’t going to win any beauty contests but it was a special goal none the less! Villarreal had a nice chance around the 75th minute but couldn’t find the net once again. Keane also had a chance on goal but came away unlucky. LA held on until the final whistle and the LA young guns earned three points.
With the win LA moves into third place in the West and their next game will be Sunday versus San Jose!