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Landon Donovan Scores Twice, Galaxy Defeat Kansas City 4-1


The Los Angeles Galaxy were running on full cylinders tonight, and all the principles were able to push across goals as they rolled over Sporting Kansas City 4-1. Then men in white were responsible for all five goals tonight, as Kansas City got the opening goal on an Omar Gonzalez own goal. Milos Stojcev sent a hopeful cross across goal, and Gonzalez stuck an errant foot out, redirecting the ball past Josh Saunders. Saunders got the start when Donovan Ricketts was scratched due to illness. Gonzalez was also quite sick before the match, and was hooked up to an IV hours before the match.


Within minutes however the Galaxy were able to turn it around, when David Beckham got a well earned penalty. The English midfielder took a roundhouse kick to the shin and was in some pain for a good long while, and had the scars to prove the impact. Landon Donovan stepped up to take the penalty and struck is neatly into the left side of the net. His 44' goal was quickly followed up with a 46' goal, just after half time. His brace put the Galaxy ahead, and the club never looked back. 


Juan Pablo Angel put the game out of reach, coming into the match in the 60' and scoring his first home goal of the season. David Beckham had a likely goal of the week winner, taking a 30' free kick and putting it neatly in the near corner. All told, the Galaxy had 10 shots on goal tonight, as Kansas City keeper Eric Kronberg had to fend for his life out there. 


Juninho took the old yellow card of the match; compared to the much more physical match against New York, the two clubs played very open and very clean. It was a welcome finish to a tough week for Los Angeles, having played 270 minutes in eight days. Next up for the Galaxy is the derby match against Chivas USA, with Chivas the acting host.