Matches between the two Los Angeles MLS teams have been billed as "SuperClasicos", a name met with derision from American soccer observers who have noted the lack of quality in the rivalry. That streak continued Sunday with the LA Galaxy taking Chivas USA apart by a 3-0 scoreline at the StubHub Center.
Robbie Keane put the Galaxy on the board in the 37th minute after Dan Gargan played a strong header from the right side of the box into the space between the center backs and the goalkeeper. Keane was there to run onto the ball and though Dan Kennedy was able to get his hands on it, Keane was able to steer the ball home.
There was another in the net five minutes later when Juninho and Landon Donovan worked a one-two in the middle of the park, and the Brazilian was able to surge forward with the ball at his feet. He played it to his left where Stefan Ishizaki was defended by Carlos Bocanegra, but as Bocanegra and Kennedy both closed in, he lifted the ball into the net for his first MLS goal.
The Galaxy nearly started the second half in the same fashion with Robbie Keane having a scoring chance early. He beat Kennedy, but Andrew Jean-Baptiste was there to clear his effort off the line.
But he could only stand and watch the Galaxy’s move with Donovan, currently tied for the All-Time MLS lead in goals scored, laid the ball off for Baggio Husidic to smash into the back of the net after a dazzling passing move from the ‘visitors’.
It could’ve been worse than 3-0.
In the ninth minute the Galaxy nearly opened the scoring. Marcelo Sarvas found in behind and was left one-on-one with Dan Kennedy. The Chivas USA keeper came off his line and forced Sarvas to try a chip which didn’t find the target. Kennedy was again in the right place in the dying moments of the match when he kept Huisidic from scoring a double by snuffing out his late attempt.
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