The LA Galaxy broke out their punjab third kits, and they seemed to bring the luck as the Galaxy defeated Chivas USA 3-1 in the second playing of the SuperClasico Saturday night at The Home Depot Center. Landon Donovan's brace was the difference in the match, as all four goals were scored by players who began the year with the Galaxy. LA inches closer to fourth place Vancouver with the win, now just one point out of the spot.
The game winner game in the 48', as the Galaxy capitalized on a Chivas turnover for the second time in the match. David Beckham controlled the loose ball, sending it up to Robbie Keane on the other side of the halfway line. Keane found Landon Donovan with a great through ball and Donovan was able to send a quick roller past Dan Kennedy.
Donovan's insurance goal came in the 78', after former LA midfielder Paolo Cardozo cut the Galaxy lead in half in the 52'. David Beckham took a free kick, with Omar Gonzalez kept in play with a header from the far post. Bryan Gaul took the header, which ended up on the feet of Landon Donovan and smashed into the back of the net.
It was Robbie Keane who opened things up, in the fourteenth minute of play. Again on a Chivas turnover, Juninho wrapped up the loose ball finding David Beckham. Beckham's perfect through ball on the ground to Robbie Keane meant all Keane had to do was make Kennedy miss and he did.
After Chivas was able to turn the first affair into a low scoring match, the Galaxy offense continued their recent tear through MLS defenses. It was the turnovers that cost them, as the Galaxy counter machine proved overwhelming. Still, there was also a fair amount of open play opportunities, the Galaxy could have walked away with four goals if it weren't for an errant offside call and a pesky far post.