Galaxy gets going with another big win

[MLS: Saturday] Sometimes it starts slow and finishes fast, sometimes it bolts out of the gate and then flattens out for a spell, but every season it seems that sooner or later the Galaxy gets it going.

In 2014, that time appears to be now. Five days after thumping the Sounders, 3-0, in Seattle, the Galaxy toppled the Timbers, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at StubHub Center. Robbie Keane took his season tally to 12 goals by heading the winner and knocking home a clinching penalty kick as the Galaxy won its fifth league game in the last seven.

It had to rally, as the Timbers -- riding a two-game winning streak -- struck first when a Diego Valeri free kick glanced off the defensive wall and floated into the top corner. That was the only shot mustered by Portland in the first half and only during a few, occasional flurries did it look threatening.

Gyasi Zardes smashed a header off the bar in the 30th minute and three minutes into stoppage time of the first half arrowed a Robbie Rogers cross past Donovan Ricketts to tie the game. Keane swooped at the back post to meet Landon Donovan’s cross in the 73rd minute to score the winner and tucked away his first penalty kick of the season 12 minutes later.

-- The Western Conference race tightened as the Sounders were again shut out, falling to San Jose, 1-0, before 48,765 fans at the Levi’s Stadium christening.

Portuguese forward Yannick Djalo scored the game's only goal, taking a great pass from Chris Wondolowski and outrunning the Seattle defense before scoring in the 42nd minute. Wondo also had the defensive play off the game, heading a shot by Chad Barrett off the line.

The loss marked the first time the Sounders have lost two in a row, and they'll head into the All-Star Game week second in the overall standings -- third if D.C. United wins on Sunday. Seattle's lead over Real Salt Lake was reduced to two points and only five over the Galaxy. It has played two less games than RSL and one more than the Galaxy.

RED BULLS RESPOND. Charlie Davies scored his first goal for the Revolution, which somehow blew a one-goal lead and a one-man advantage in the second half of a 2-1 defeat at Red Bull Arena. Davies reached a deflected Teal Bunbury cross to score in the 20th minute and when New York defender Matt Miazga departed after cracking Lee Nguyen with a vicious tackle in first-half stoppage time, the Revs looked a good bet to escape with at least a point.

The Red Bulls thought otherwise even though a groin injury necessitated the halftime substitution of Tim Cahill with Eric Alexander. Shortly after the second-half kickoff, Alexander played a ball to Dax McCarty, and from a few yards outside the penalty area McCarty chipped a wonderful goal to tie the game.

Few teams have been able to blank Shaun Wright-Phillips this season and despite playing a man up the Revs couldn’t contain him either. The league’s leading scorer did his thing to win the game in the 63rd minute; he collected a ball from Lloyd Sam, veered inside Revs defender A.J. Soares, and nailed his 18th goal of the season. He is within one of the team’s record for goals in a season set by Juan Pablo Angel in 2007.

Elsewhere in the East ...

-- A 2-0 home loss to Toronto FC Saturday at BMO Field was Montreal’s sixth straight defeat and kept it rooted in the conference’s bottom spot.

Gilberto opened the scoring in the 11th minute, rifling first-time a feed from Dominic Oduro off the bottom of the crossbar and just over the goal line. In the 54th minute Oduro set up the second goal as well, running onto a long ball from Michael Bradley and hitting a cross that deflected off an opponent and into the path of Luke Moore, who knocked it in. The victory ended a four-game TFC winless streak.

Mike Magee converted a penalty kick by which Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute but just nine seconds into the second half defender Pat Ianni whiffed on a clearance and Ethan Finlay relayed the loose ball to Federico Higuain for the equalizer as the Fire had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Columbus, the Fire's 13th tie of the season.

The point was the Crew’s seventh in the last three games and edged it into fifth place, a point ahead of New England. The Fire (3-5-13, 22 points) is eighth and five points out of a postseason slot.

Elsewhere in the West ...

Real Salt Lake reclaimed the Rocky Mountain Cup with a 1-0 win at the Colorado Rapids on Javier Morales' sixth goal of the season. RSL won despite a straight red card to Aaron Maund in the 46th minute.

MLS WEEK 21, Results:
Saturday, August 2
Colorado 0 Real Salt Lake 1.
RSL: Javier Morales (Chris Wingert) 14
Red Card: RSL -- Aaron Maund 46.
Att.: 17,554.

San Jose 1 Seattle 0.
SJ: Yannick Djalo (Chris Wondolowski) 42
Att.: 48,765.

New York 2 New England 1
NE: Charlie Davies (Teal Bunbury) 20.
NY: Dax McCarty (Eric Alexander) 47.
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Lloyd Sam) 63.
Red card: NY -- Matt Miazga 45+2.
Att.: 20,862.

Chicago 1 Columbus 1
CHI: Mike Magee 37.
CLB: Federico Higuain (Ethan Finlay) 46.
Att.: 14,332.

LA Galaxy 3 Portland 1.
POR: Diego Valeri 14
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Robbie Rogers, Robbie Keane) 45+3
LA: Robbie Keane (Landon Donovan) 73
LA: Robbie Keane (pen.) 85
Att.: 20,089.

Montreal 0 Toronto FC 2.
TOR: Gilberto (Dominic Oduro, Michael Bradley) 11
TOR: Luke Moore 64.
Att.: 16,665.

Friday, August 1
Sporting KC 1 Philadelphia 1.
SKC: Graham Zusi (Antonio Dovale) 54
PHI: Brian Brown (Raymon Gaddis) 71
Att.: 21,318.

Wednesday, July 30
D.C. United 3 Toronto FC 0.
DC: Eddie Johnson 4 (Perry Kitchen, Sean Franklin) 8
DC: Chris Rolfe 4 (Nick DeLeon, Luis Silva) 59
DC: own goal 67
Att.: 16,171.

New England 3 Colorado 0.
NE: own goal 10
NE: Lee Nguyen (unassisted) 75
NE: Kelyn Rowe (Lee Nguyen) 78
Att.: 13,831.

Chicago 0 Vancouver 0.
Att.: 13,532.

Real Salt Lake 1 New York 1.
RSL: Joao Plata (Chris Wingert) 18
NY: Thierry Henry (Tim Cahill, Bradley Wright-Phillips) 57
Att.: 20,295.

Monday, July 28
Seattle 0 LA Galaxy 3.
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Landon Donovan, Marcelo Sarvas) 8
LA: Landon Donovan 18
LA: Stefan Ishizaki (Marcelo Sarvas, Landon Donovan) 36
Att.: 39,304.

MLS WEEK 21: Schedule:
Sunday, August 3
8 pm ET
Houston vs. D.C. United, UDN
10 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas

MLS Standings:
39 Sporting KC 11-5-6 32/20
37 D.C. United 11-5-4 32/20
29 Toronto FC 8-7-5 29/28
28 New York 6-6-10 35/33
27 Columbus 6-7-9 26/278
26 New England 8-12-2 29/35
24 Philadelphia 5-8-9 34/36
22 Chicago 3-5-13 28/34
19 Houston 5-11-4 22/40
14 Montreal 3-13-5 21/39

38 Seattle 12-6-2 35/28
33 LA Galaxy
9-4-6 32/17
36 Real Salt Lake 9-4-9 33/27
30 Colorado 8-8-6 31/28
30 FC Dallas 8-7-6 34/31
29 Vancouver 6-4-11 31/29
27 Portland 6-7-9 36/38
23 San Jose 6-8-5 23/20
23 Chivas USA 6-9-5 21/33
MLS: Leading Scorers
18+1 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
14 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
12+2 Robbie Keane
, LA Galaxy
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
9+1 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
9 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
8 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
8 Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy

MLS WEEK 22: Schedule:
Wednesday, August 6  
9:30 pm ET
MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich, ESPN2, UniMas
Friday, August 8   
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose, NBCSN
Saturday, August 9
7 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Montreal
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Toronto FC
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Colorado
10 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Chivas USA
Sunday, August 10
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. New York, UDN
Vancouver vs. Sporting KC
10:30 pm ET
Seattle vs. Houston, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes

MLS WEEK 23: Schedule:
Friday, August 15
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
Saturday, August 16
2:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle, NBCSN
6:30 pm ET
Montreal vs. Chicago
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. LA Galaxy
New England vs. Portland
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver
San Jose vs. FC Dallas
Sunday, August 17
8 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Colorado, UDN

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