The LA Galaxy (2-1-2, 8pts) drew level with the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2, pulling out a point on the road in a match that seemed destined for three points. Bruce Arena's side surrendered two leads, first a 1-0 lead on a Stefan Ishizaki goal and then a 2-1 lead on a Robbie Keane goal after the Whitecaps pulled level.
Keane's goal was his fourth of the season in four consecutive fixtures. He has 38 goals and 22 assists all-time in his 60 MLS appearances since joining the Galaxy mid-season in 2011. That's really good. Stefan Ishizaki recorded his second MLS goal in just five appearances so far. He also has two match winning assists in the Galaxy's two victories thus far.
The Galaxy were more accurate tonight with their thirteen attempts from open play. A 14% conversion rate kept LA on the front foot even though they were let down by individual errors. Keane was quite active with 64 touches, dropping back to involve himself with the lower levels and showing a willingness to take players on.
A 2-2 draw breaks up the small two match victory streak, but continues the unbeaten streak since the 0-1 loss to Real Salt Lake in the opener. The Galaxy have outscored the Whitecaps 21-8 in their last 10 MLS meetings. Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan have scored eight of those twenty-one goals.
Penedo made only his 12th career MLS start, as the late-mid-season addition continues to change the culture defensively since the ousting of Carlo Cudicini. Penedo is 5-2-5 with five shutouts in his MLS career, and has only allowed ten goals. That's good for a 0.83 goals against average.
LA are 10-3-6 with Donovan and Keane start together, with 27 goals and 18 assists between them.
The club is off next weekend, returning to MLS play in May on the road in Colorado.