After going down in the first half, Robbie Keane scored a brace as the LA Galaxy came from behind to defeat FC Dallas 2-1 on a hot humid Saturday evening in Frisco Texas.
For the first time this 2015 MLS season, the Galaxy put out the same starting eleven for consecutive games.
Giovani dos Santos and Robbie Keane paired up top once again as LA fielded a full-strength lineup.
The early action resembled a track meet as FC Dallas were eager to use the speed of Fabian Castillo and Michael Barrios to punish the Galaxy in attack. Minutes into the match, Donovan Ricketts had to be tidy to contain a Rolando Escobar blast, then in the 23rd minute, Panamanian forward Blas Perez beat Leonardo to the ball deep inside the box, but his header just missed Ricketts' near post.
In the 33rd minute, FC Dallas went ahead on a broken play. After Ryan Hollingshead nodded a long ball down into the path of Barrios, the winger evaded an Omar Gonzalez challenge and raced in on goal, then what appeared to be a goal-saving tackle by AJ DeLaGarza pushed the ball past the onrushing Ricketts into the path of Barrios once again, and Barrios tapped into an empty net to cap off a crazy sequence.
Playing in his 100th MLS game for LA, Robbie Keane was an unhappy figure coming out of the locker room, jawing plenty of instructions with a steely glaze in his eye.
And did the Galaxy ever come out of the gates. In the 51st minute, Keane led by example, easily heading home a Robbie Rogers cross from the penalty kick circle to tie the match.
There were furious screams from the FC Dallas crowd minutes later as Fabian Castillo shot into the tucked arms of Steven Gerrard inside the penalty area, but the ref waved play on.
Coming down the field, Keane fed dos Santos down the right channel as the Galaxy surged ahead 3 on 2. After dos Santos avoided a collision with a FCD defender and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, the El Tri regular hesitated before squaring the ball across the box, and who else but Robbie Keane was there to hop up and head into the net for his second of the night.
From then on, both teams fought hard but struggled to finish. In the 80th minute, Tesho Akindele lifted a blast from outside the box just over the bar. Alan Gordon also a chance when his opportunity to square a ball home bobbled wide, and Sebastian Lletget just missed an attempt late to side foot into the netting.
LA travel home to play NYCFC next Sunday in a star-studded affair featuring the likes of Andrea Pirlo and David Villa at a sold-out StubHub Center.