Carson, Calif. — After an dominating performance last Saturday against the Philadelphia Union, the LA Galaxy wasted no time picking up where they left off against their Western Conference rivals, the Portland Timbers.
Newcomer Sebastian Lletget, making his second MLS start, got things rolling in the 13th minute by scoring his fourth goal in the last four games.
Four minutes later, Lletget made a run down the left side of the field and got clipped from behind by Max Urruti resulting in a penalty, which Robbie Keane calmly converted.
From there, the LA Galaxy never took their foot off the gas as Robbie Rogers scored his first goal since coming back to MLS in 2013 off a perfect pass from Keane in the 33rd minute.
LA would score two more goal as Juninho took advantage of a bad pass in the 72 minute and Keane collected his second assist of the night. Jose Villarreal got in on the action and scored a free kick in the 88th minute.
All in all, the Galaxy scored five goals by five different goal scorers for the second game in a row. If you count the U.S. Open Cup game a week ago, LA has scored 16 goals in the last three games.
Talk about being on a roll.
“It’s all by design, the way we draw it up,” Bruce Arena said after the game. “No, I wouldn’t mind if one player had five goals, it is good to see that everyone is involved in the attack, the ball is moving better.”
The team now leads MLS in goals scored with 26.
Portland did their best to get on the board but it just wasn’t their night. They didn’t register a shot on goal until the 82nd minute. In fact, the Timbers has never won in Carson in all seven games that they have played there (0-5-2).
They will look to continue their streak as they take on the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday in Northern California. It will also be the last game before the CONCACAF Gold Cup starts, which will mean they will lose Gyasi Zardes, Omar Gonzalez, and Jaime Penedo to international duty.
(image courtesy of LA Galaxy)