VANCOUVER, CANADA - JULY 30: A sold-out crowd watches from the stands during the MLS game between the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy July 30, 2011 at Empire Field in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. L.A. won 4-0. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
Viewing the season as an ongoing story, two big things happened when the Galaxy visited Vancouver. The three points the team picked up set the pace for FC Dallas, who unfortunately were able to match by getting three points over Chivas USA. Landon Donovan's two goals put him back in a tie for the MLS Golden Boot lead with Thierry Henry. Donovan's first goal is up for goal of the week, which you can vote on here: CLICK HERE
A look at the other horses in the race:
- FC Dallas kept pace with three points against Chivas USA. Marvin Chaves was credited with the goal, his third in his last two games, but initially many called it an own goal by former Dallas defender Heath Pearce. Game time temperatures reached 102 degrees, ouch.
- Seattle fell back a yard, loosing on the road to Houston 3-1. Brian Ching netted the brace, and Brad Davis broke the franchise record for appearances. That includes 18 appearances back when Houston were the San Jose Earthquakes.
- Real Salt Lake also slipped up, though they still have four games in hand. RSL lost at home to Columbus, 0-2. Early goals from Eddie Gaven and Tommy Heinemann put Columbus up top in the East.
- RSL's slip allowed Colorado to gain ground, after the Rapids won 1-2 in Philadelphia. Gambian Sanna Nyassi scored his fourth goal on Friday, and the Colorado Rapids were able to hold on in Philly despite going down ten men.
Can't ask for much more from the Galaxy then they got this week, and the losses by Seattle and Real Salt Lake certainly help. Dallas appears to in the best spot to unseat the Galaxy, but don't forget, Dallas has an impacted August as well. Dallas still has the return leg on their Champions League Preliminary Round match, and should Dallas hold on, they'll have the same Group Stage worries as the Galaxy do now. Both teams are going to have to rely on their depth as they average two games a week through August.