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The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Galaxy continued their excellence over the Vancouver Whitecaps last week.

The Whitecaps don't have to wait long for another chance to disrupt the Galaxy's dominance in the series.

Los Angeles looks for a ninth win in 11 meetings when it visits Vancouver on Saturday.

The Galaxy (2-1-1) are coming off back-to-back shutout victories, including a 1-0 home win over the Whitecaps last Saturday to improve to 8-1-1 in the all-time series. Robbie Keane scored for the third straight game when he found the back of the net in 47th minute off a cross from Stefan Ishizaki.

Keane has three goals and two assists in seven career matchups with Vancouver.

"We expect we're going to get an even better game from them Saturday," Landon Donovan told the team's website. "And if we want to get something out of the game, we have to play better, too."

Donovan, who fired three shots, is still stuck at 134 career regular-season goals, tying him with Jeff Cunningham for the most in MLS history. He hasn't scored since recording two goals in a 5-0 win over Chivas USA on Oct. 6, and is one of five players this season with no goals despite at least 12 shots.

"It'll happen when it happens. I'm happy with every one of my performances this year, I've played well in every game, and I thought I played well tonight," said Donovan, who has five goals and three assists in eight career games against Vancouver. "I want to contribute, if I can hit the net, it would be nice but at this point with winning games and playing well, I'm happy."

The Whitecaps (2-2-2) produced some solid chances in the first half, prompting three saves from Los Angeles keeper Jaime Penedo, including a particularly impressive stop in the 32nd minute against Kekuta Manneh. However, they managed just one shot on goal after halftime.

Vancouver is looking to avoid a third straight defeat for the first time since a club-record five-game slide from Aug. 15-Sept. 15, 2012. The Whitecaps' only victory in the series was a 3-1 final at home on May 11, powered by two goals from Russell Teibert.

"We are going to show up with a chip on our shoulder. They beat us at their home so we want to beat them at ours," midfielder Erik Hurtado told the team's website. "Los Angeles is a good team and I know our team is going to get up for that game and be ready to win."

Kenny Miller - who leads the club with three goals - is scoreless in five career matchups with the Galaxy. Coach Carl Robinson didn't start him in last week's game to give him rest.

Robinson will have midfielder Matias Laba available after he served a one-game suspension. However, Robinson didn't commit to him playing despite starting him in the team's first five matches.

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