Wednesday, the Los Angeles Galaxy thrashed the disintegrating New England Revolution 5-1 with both teams reduced to 10 men at StubHub Center in Carson, California, for a crowd of 17,741. Irish star Robbie Keane scored a brace and added two assists, Gyasi Zardes scored a brace and Stefan Ishizaki also contributed a goal to the Galaxy rout. Lee Nguyen converted a penalty for the Revolution's lone goal. The defeat was the Revolution's sixth consecutive loss and the first time the team allowed five goals since July 2010.
The Revolution was reduced to 10 men in the 29th minute when A.J. Soares was shown a straight red card for a rash tackle on Juninho. Eight minutes later, Dan Gargan was shown a straight red for denial of a goal-scoring opportunity when he took down Teal Bunbury in the box.
With the loss, New England (7-9-2, 23 pts.) fell to fourth in the Eastern Conference and 10th across the league. The Galaxy (7-3-6, 27 pts.) rose to third in the Western Conference and fifth overall.
“We want MLS Cup back here in LA and we’re working together as a team to do that,” said Zardes.
Jay Heaps used a 4-4-2 lineup for the first time this season. Soares started at defensive central midfield and Andrew Farrell started at center back with Darrius Barnes at right back. Teal Bunbury started as forward and Kelyn Rowe was positioned at right mid with Lee Nguyen on the left.
Keane scored the go-ahead goal, assisted by Baggio Hasidic, in the 10th minute and Zardes scored the game-winner, assisted by Keane and Ishizaki, eight minutes later. Soares and Dan Gargen were then ejected only minutes apart and Nguyen converted the ensuing penalty for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. This was Nguyen's fourth penalty kick goal this season and his seventh career penalty goal. Just after the break, Zardes combined with Keane for his second goal and in the 75th minute Ishizaki’s drove his free kick home bring the score to 4-1. Three minutes later, Keane scored his second goal for the final 5-1 result
The Revolution complete its two-game road trip at FC Dallas on Saturday, July 19th.
LA – Robbie Keane (Baggio Husidic) 10
LA – Gyasi Zardes (Robbie Keane, Stefan Ishizaki) 18
NE – Lee Nguyen (penalty kick) 38
LA – Gyasi Zardes (Robbie Keane) 48
LA – Stefan Ishizaki (unassisted) 75
LA – Robbie Keane (unassisted) 78
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes (Daigo Kobayashi 69), A.J. Soares, Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez (Steve Neumann 57), Kelyn Rowe, Patrick Mullins (Jerry Bengtson 57), Teal Bunbury
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Scott Caldwell, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Alston
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on target 2, Saves 4, Corner kicks 7, Offsides 2, Fouls 11, Possession 46.1%, Passes 393 (79.6%)
LA Galaxy: Jaime Penedo, Dan Gargan, Leonardo, Tommy Meyer, A.J. DeLaGarza, Juninho (Chandler Hoffman 80), Baggio Husidic (Landon Donovan 46), Stefan Ishizaki, Kenny Walker (Marcelo Sarvas 70), Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane ©
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Rowe, Rob Friend, Kofi Opare, Bradford Jamieson
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on target 9, Saves 1, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 1, Fouls 10, Possession 53.9%, Passes 471 (83.0%)
LA – A.J. DeLaGarza (caution) 11
NE – A.J. Soares (ejection) 29
LA – Dan Gargan (ejection) 36
LA – Leonardo (caution) 51
NE – Jerry Bengtson (caution) 74
LA – Chandler Hoffman (caution) 82
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson (AR1), Mike Kampmeinert (AR2)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal