Sebastian Lletget came aboard earlier this month with much less fanfare, but he’s proving to be extremely valuable. Keane led the way and Lletget played a major role as the Galaxy hit five goals for the second game in a row by overpower Portland, 5-0, on Wednesday.
The Timbers had no answers for the 2014 MVP. After Lletget opened the scoring with his third goal in five league matches, he drew a foul by Maximiliano Urruti in the penalty area. Keane put away the spot kick and then set up goals for Robbie Rogers and Juninho as the vaunted Timbers defense toppled. Jose Villarreal tacked on a fifth goal in the 88th minute to round out a miserable night for Portland, which had reeled off four straight league victories and beaten Seattle in the Open Cup last week.
Rogers put away for his first goal since 2011 as the Galaxy maintained its hot-scoring form; it blasted Philly, 5-1, on Saturday. Gyasi Zardes and Baggio Husidic each scored a goal and registered two assists in that stomping. Eight different players have scored the 10 goals in the last two games.
Unfortunately for head coach Bruce Arena, the Galaxy is hitting its stride just as the international callups are about to commence. After a California Clasico match against San Jose Saturday at Stanford Stadium, Arena will lose Zardes and Omar Gonzalez to the U.S. national team and keeper Jaime Penedo to Panama.
On the plus side, English midfielder Steven Gerrard is expected to arrive this week and begin training Monday or Tuesday. He is supposed to debut for the Galaxy in a friendly against Club America July 11, and make his MLS debut in a Clasico rematch against the Quakes July 17 at StubHub Center.