The LA Galaxy ran roughshod over the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0, dominating the offensive phase of the match and attacking like the team never has. While possession was fairly even, it was the area of possession that was noteworthy. The Galaxy had the ball in the attacking half almost the entire match, and were aggressive attackers with balls on the ground.
The opening goal came in the 16' on a wild play in the box. Juninho took a shot off a David Beckham corner kick, and the shot was deflected. Sean Franklin took a shot off the deflection, but that show was deflected up in the air. Landon Donovan took that deflection toward Joe Cannon, but Cannon was able to get an arm to it. He couldn't wrap it up, however, and Mike Magee was there to tap in the rebound.
The second attempt was all Robbie Keane. Keane and Jimenez had hooked up for a shot attempt, but Jimenez' attempt was blocked. Vancouver failed to clear the ball, and Donovan was able to find Keane in the box with it. Keane bulldozed his way through the defensive line, keeping his dribble as multiple challenges were made, then buried the shot.
After his shot, Keane ran to the sidelines and pulled out a Galaxy kit. On the back of it the shirt read RIP James Nolan. Nolan was a 21 year old Ireland fan who made the trip to the Euro tournament, and was found dead Wednesday in a canal in northern Poland. Keane also talked to the young man's family to offer his condolences. Foul play is not suspected.
The Galaxy got a third goal just before halftime. Keane was able to dribble into the box, but his shot attempt was thwarted by a Whitecaps handball. Donovan took the penalty kick, and the crowd held their breath as the captain put it behind Cannon for the third goal.
The reason Galaxy fans were holding their breath was Donovan had already missed two absolute sitters in the match. In the 29', Donovan was all alone with Cannon after an interception in the offensive third. Donovan expect Cannon to come out, but when he said, Donovan had no angle on the shot and it rolled wide left. Then in the 32' , Donovan again on a ball won in the offensive third hit the woodwork with only Cannon to beat.
With Robbie Keane back from international duty, the Galaxy went with him and Donovan up top. The combo proved a fruitful one. Also joining the starting lineup was Hector Jimenez, back from a two game suspension. His aggressive play, along with Juninho, gave the midfield a lift on a night when David Beckham looked ordinary.
After finding a way to get nine points in seven days, the Galaxy find themselves in fifth place; the final playoff spot under the current rules. They now have to go up to San Jose next weekend, a team the Galaxy looked capable against the last time the two teams met.