The Los Angeles Galaxy kicked their way to a 1-0 victory over Montreal that elevated their way closer towards a playoff berth in the MLS playoffs.
"A great win. Maybe not a great game, but a great win. We know we can be better than we were tonight," said Bruce Arena.
The Galaxy defended well in the first half and prevented Marco Di Vaio missed wide right in the 23rd minute.
The Galaxy played without injured Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez was available and attempted to score at various times throughout the match. Robbie Keane entered the game around the 60th minute as a substitute after returning from playing for Ireland in the World Cup qualifier.
Galaxy rookie Kofi Opare knocked the goal in the net in the 68th minute that gave the team their only score which proved to be enough.
"Broken play off the corner kick, I believe the ball popped out to Jose Villarreal, who took a shot or a cross, and I happened to be in the right place at the right time", said Opare. "I just took a touch and placed it into the side corner. It is definitely great to score my first MLS goal, I think more importantly, getting three points was crucial for our playoff standing.”
Keane also attempted to score in the 85th minute but just missed off the crossbar in front of a light Stub Hub Center crowd on a warm Wednesday evening.
“Of course, it means a lot to me to play all the time. As I’ve mentioned before, my focus when I’m with the national team is 100 percent and as soon as I finish that is the Galaxy," said Keane.
The Galaxy can officially clinch a playoff spot on Sunday when they face the San Jose Earthquakes with a win or tie.
Montreal remains in a tie for fourth place in the East for a playoff berth.
"At the end of the day, nobody's going to care who played for us, who played for them," Arena said.