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Galaxy Finally Break Through Against DC United

Posted on 18 March 2012 by iyeo

It was a Sunday of firsts at the Home Depot Center for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Robbie Keane had his first two-goal game in MLS, fittingly perhaps coming the day after St. Patrick’s day, midfielder Marcelo Sarvas scored his first career MLS goal and the Galaxy breathed a collective sigh of relief with its first win of the season, defeating DC United 3-1 at the Home Depot Center.

“It’s important given what’s gone on the last few days,” Landon Donovan said of the win. “I don’t think our performance was too different from the last few days, but we cleaned up a few things defensively, we were sharper in front of goal, and that was the difference.”

The first half was a repeat of the Galaxy’s last two matches, as they once again created chance after chance, but poor finishing inside or near the DC United box prevented the Galaxy from getting that elusive goal. LA though finally broke through just before halftime, as David Beckham sent a ball into the penalty area, left back Todd Dunivant headed the ball near the six and Robbie Keane finally finished one off, beating DCU keeper Joe Willis near post to give LA a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

“I don’t mind missing chances, I mind when I’m not in position to score them,” Keane said. “As long as keep getting into positions, eventually I’ll score.”

Keane was at it again in the 69th minute, as Landon Donovan sprung him free inside the penalty area, Keane collected himself at the left side and his ensuing volley beat Willis far post to make it 2-0 Galaxy. The Galaxy added a third goal in the 86th minute, as Beckham crossed a short ball inside the 18 and Marcelo Sarvas headed the ball past Willis into the back net to put the game out reach. Only Nick DeLeon’s first goal of the season, in which he volleyed a shot past Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders, off the far post and across the goal line, prevented Los Angeles from walking away with the shutout.

“It’s very important to score that first goal,” Sarvas said of his goal. “It helps me take that next step as far as getting accustomed to the league, but most importantly, those three points were huge.”

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Galaxy. First, they dropped its MLS opener to Real Salt Lake in shocking fashion last Saturday, then followed that collapse by crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament against Toronto FC three days later. Yet despite all that, the Galaxy were not about to let themselves slip to a 0-0-2 start to the season.

“Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been incomplete in our performance as a both a team and individually,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “We were a bit cleaner in the penalty area on both sides of the ball.”

The Galaxy will have a much-needed two weeks off before its next match in which they will welcome the New England Revolution to Home Depot Center on March 31st.

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