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Keane scores winning goal, Donovan sits on record

Robbie Keane after scoring goal
Robbie Keane after scoring goal

Coming off a huge 3-0 win over hallway rival Chivas USA, the Los Angeles Galaxy conquered a bigger opponet in the Vancouver Whitecaps, with a 1-0 win on Saturday night.

Robbie Keane scored the only goal of the game in the '47 minute on a great set up by Stefan Ishizaki that proved to be enough for the Galaxy to capture victory.

Landon Donovan had opportunities to score, but was unsuccessful in his attempts against the Vancouver defense. Donovan will be forced to wait until April 19th, when they play the Whitecaps on the road to attempt to brake the goal record.

Donovan currently sits at 134 goals on the season.

Donovan had two opportunities in the first half, in the 40th minute he missed wide left, and again in the 43rd minute on a great feed from Ishizaki.

"I have never been, the type of guy to worry about scoring. If I get in a good position, I want to score to help the team win," said Donovan. "But if I score and we don't win, it won't feel the same."

The patience of Donovan is the test of a true champion, however as passionate he is for the game, it won't be long before he break that's record and scores big.

Donovan was aggressive all night along with Keane, especially in the first half.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena discussed the effects on Ishizaki's presence and play against Vancouver.
A great play by Stefan [Ishizaki] on the goal. Taking the ball down and getting by [Jay] DeMerit, whipping in a great cross to Robbie Keane. It was a great play. Stefan performed the best of the year. We got close to 80 minutes out of him. He looked a lot better. We think he can certainly continue to get better.”

With the win against a speedy line up in Vancouver, the Galaxy are now 7-1-1 all time.

Keane has his third goal, looking in premier form in the young season.

"The way we moved the ball, the way we passed, I think was probably the best. When teams go around, the game opens up," said Keane.
"With the players that we have, they’ll keep the ball and make it difficult for the other team. And that was the case, in the second half you can see they were certainly getting tired."

To continue the momentum, the Galaxy must continue to win on the road, and Donovan understands that task better than most.

"It’s an interesting dynamic playing two times in a row, much like a playoff series. We’ll have to make adjustments, and I’m sure they’ll have to make some adjustments, and I’m sure the game will look different there," said Donovan. "So we’ve got to be smart, we have a good road mentality. We understand how to play on the road."

Vancouver Midfielder Erik Hurtado had some choice words for his rival team regarding next Saturday's rematch.
"We are going to show up with a chip on our shoulder. They beat us at their home so we want to beat them at ours. Los Angeles is a good team and I know our team is going to get up for that game and be ready to win.”

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