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Galaxy makes statement, Keane hits another hat trick
by Paul Kennedy, August 18th, 2013 12:11AM

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[MLS REWIND: Week 25] If there was any doubt that the two-time champion LA Galaxy remains the team to beat in MLS, it laid that to rest Saturday night as Robbie Keane led the Galaxy to a 4-2 comeback win over Supporters' Shield leader Real Salt Lake with three goals, becoming the first player to record two hat tricks this season.

WEEK IN REVIEW:
Goals: 22/8 GP (2.71 avg.)
Video: Weekend Goals
Att.: 18,761 avg.

Keane's three goals gave the Galaxy hat tricks in back-to-back games -- Landon Donovan had three goals in the 3-3 tie at FC Dallas last weekend -- and four for the season. It holds the MLS record with five hat tricks in 1998.

The game marked the debut of Panamanian Jaime Penedo in the LA goal in place of Italian starter Carlo Cudicini.

-- Colorado extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 2-0 win over Vancouver (goals by Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle) that moved the Rapids into second place in the Western Conference. Argentine Federico Higuain had two goals for the second straight game for Columbus in its 2-0 win over Toronto FC.

-- Three coaches were dismissed. Referee Ismail Elfath had enough of the verbal exchange between D.C. United's Ben Olsen and Montreal's Marco Schallibaum and tossed both of them. Chicago's Frank Klopas was sent to the showers in the second half of the Fire's loss at New England. Problems continued after the game in Foxboro, where Bakary Soumare (Chicago) and Saer Sene (New England) were both red carded in incidents involving personnel from the two teams.

-- Clint Dempsey made his first start since returning to MLS, but he can't solve all of Seattle's problems as Houston exposed the Sounders' defense in a 3-1 win that featured two goals from Giles Barnes, the second a blast from beyond 30 yards (see below).

-- FC Dallas' winless streak reached 11 games as it fell, 2-1, at Portland.

Longest Winless Streaks:
GP TEAM (W-L-T)
13 D.C. United (0-10-3)
13 Chivas USA (0-4-9)
11 Toronto FC (0-6-5)
11 *FC Dallas (0-5-6)
7 Houston (0-4-3)
7 Vancouver (0-4-3)
*Active

-- Four teams are separated by one point at the top of the Eastern Conference after New York and Philadelphia tied, 0-0, and Montreal beat D.C. United, 2-1, on a pair of Marco Di Vaio goals. Only eight points separate the top seven teams in both conferences.

-- Portland, Houston, New York and Montreal all sold out their home games.



MLS RESULTS, Week 25:
Saturday, August 17
LA Galaxy 4 Real Salt Lake 2.
RSL: Joao Plata (Ned Grabavoy, Nat Borchers) 53
LA: Robbie Keane (Juninho) 56
LA: Robbie Keane (Sean Franklin) 67
LA: Omar Gonzalez (Landon Donovan) 75
LA: Robbie Keane (Sean Franklin) 86
RSL: Robbie Findley 93+
Att.: 24,237.

Saturday, August 17

Portland 2 FC Dallas 1.
POR: Ryan Johnson  (Diego Valeri) 26
DAL: Mauro Diaz (Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez) 28
POR: Darlington Nagbe (Diego Valeri) 33
Att.: 20,674.



Saturday, August 17
Montreal 2 D.C. United 1.
MTL: Marco Di Vaio (Justin Mapp) 43
DC: Conor Doyle (Luis Silva, Perry Kitchen) 81
MTL: Marco Di Vaio (Patrice Bernier) 83
Att.: 20,801.

Saturday, August 17

New England 2 Chicago 0.
NE: Juan Agudelo (Chris Tierney) 54
NE: Kelyn Rowe 91+
Red cards: New England -- Saer Sene 95+; Chicago -- Bakary Soumare 95+
Att.: 14,630.

New England-Chicago Highlights (Agudelo Goal @2:03):


Saturday, August 17
Columbus 2 Toronto FC 0.

CLB: Federico Higuain 18
CLB: Federico Higuain 67 (Jairo Arrieta) 67
Att.: 15,352.

Saturday, August 17

New York 0 Philadelphia 0.
Att.: 25,355.

Saturday, August 17

Houston 3 Seattle 1.
HOU: Giles Barnes (Will Bruin) 17
HOU: Giles Barnes (Brad Davis) 21
SEA: Shalrie Joseph (Marc Burch) 65
HOU: Will Bruin (Brad Davis) 74
Att.: 22,289.

Barnes Goal #2:


Saturday, August 17

Colorado 2 Vancouver 0.
COL: Deshorn Brown (Vicente Sanchez) 36
COL: Edson Buddle (Nick LaBrocca) 79
Att.: 16,030.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 25:
Sunday, August 18
11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Sporting KC, UniMas
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

39 Sporting KC 11-7-6 36/24
39 New York 11-8-6 36/31
38 Montreal 11-7-5 36/35
38 Philadelphia 10-7-8 36/32
36 Houston 10-7-6 29/24
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33 New England 9-8-6 29/23
31 Chicago 9-10-4 29/34
29 Columbus 8-11-5 29/30
20 Toronto FC 4-12-8 21/33
13 D.C. United 3-18-4 14/40

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

41 Real Salt Lake 12-8-5 41/30
39 Colorado 10-7-9 33/27
38 Portland 9-3-11 34/22
37 LA Galaxy 11-9-4 39/32
36 Vancouver 10-8-6 37/31
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34 Seattle 10-8-4 30/26
33 FC Dallas 8-7-9 31/35
30 San Jose 8-10-6 25/35
18 Chivas USA 4-13-6 20/40
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
14 Camilo (Vancouver)
14 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
13+2 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10+3 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9+2 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
9 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
9 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 26:
Wednesday, August 21
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas
11 pm ET
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

Friday, August 23
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, NBCSN

Saturday, August 24
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. Houston
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose
9 pm ET
Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus

Sunday, August 25
5 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Philadelphia
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland, ESPN2


2 comments
  1. soccer talk
    commented on: August 18, 2013 at 5:23 p.m.
    "Team to beat". How about let LA climb to first Seed in the West before we. annoint them the best MLS squad. Home field ad will not aide their Quest this year if they get in and survive the Playoffs. It wasn't that far removed that they Got their glittery tail whooped. It would be like Saying the Lakers were the team to beat after They crawled into the playoffs last season. Last time I checked they the most MLS losses minus Only 5 teams.
  1. John Ropp
    commented on: August 18, 2013 at 6:12 p.m.
    I like that... "team to beat". As if that didn't show enough of an LAG bias, the score was 4-2, not 4-1.

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