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Galaxy spoil Joseph’s Chivas Debut with a 4-0 Rout

Posted on 15 August 2012 by iyeo

Chivas USA had hoped the arrival of newly acquired holding midfielder Shalrie Joseph in time for Sunday’s final installment of the Superclasico with the Los Angeles Galaxy for this season would help propel them back into the playoff race.

The Galaxy however had other ideas. Bolsters by two goals from Juninho, Robbie Keane’s 10th of the season and the first by Omar Gonzalez, the Galaxy sans David Beckham, had their way with their in-stadium rivals once again, romping to a 4-0 win at the Home Depot Center.

“That’s embarrassing to have a game of this magnitude go like this,” Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser said. “We started to tentatively, and that set the tone for the rest of the night.”

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The win means a Superclasico win for the Galaxy for the fifth straight season, and more importantly, the win gives them further distance between them and Chivas USA for the fifth spot in the Western Conference. All four Galaxy goals were assisted by Landon Donovan, tying him with two other MLS players for most assists in a game and his 105 career assists puts him fourth on the all-time career leader board.

“Our team was great tonight, and when we defend that way, it makes my job really easy,” Donovan said. “I don’t have to do a lot of defending. I can focus on things that I’m good at, and when I had the ball, guys made good runs, intelligent runs. They wanted the ball. They wanted to score, so it made it really easy.”

The Galaxy came out firing from the onset, getting countless looks on goal while Chivas hardly threatened in the first half. The Galaxy finally broke through in the 27th minute, when a Chivas turnover enabled Robbie Keane to start a Galaxy break on goal. Keane sprung Donovan into the penalty box, Donovan then laid a ball to Keane, who after a touch, blasted a shot past keeper Dan Kennedy into the back net.

Los Angeles continued to be the aggressor towards the end of the first half and well into the second half. Goal number two for the Galaxy came in the 64th minute, as Mike Magee pounced on another Chivas turnover and fed a ball to Donovan on the left side outside the penalty box. Donovan then fed a ball to Juninho at the top of the box and the midfielder’s trademark volley beat Kennedy into the right corner netting to give the Galaxy a two-goal lead. Juninho finished off his brace ten minutes later, as he received a cross from Donovan and sent a soft shot past Kennedy into the back netting. The Galaxy finished off its scoring spree in the 83rd minute, as Omar Gonzalez headed in a Donovan corner.

“We moved well, we passed well, and we were making good runs,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said.

Of course it wasn’t all offense for the Galaxy, as they played Sunday’s match with its backline of Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin and AJ DeLaGarza for the first time this season, and hardly skipped a beat, neutralizing Chivas’ attack for most of the night.

“It definitely felt like last year,” Gonzalez said. “We all played with confidence and everybody was on tonight.”

The Galaxy (11-11-3, 36 points) have little time to savor its victory, as they head to Columbus to face the Crew on Wednesday while Chivas (7-9-5, 26 points) will try to regroup on Saturday, as they head to Colorado to face the Rapids.

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