And just like that, the Galaxy are scoring once again. Giovani dos Santos and Robbie Keane scored goals four minutes apart as LA defeated FC Dallas 3-2 before the 6th consecutive sellout at the StubHub Center Sunday night.
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JeVaughn Watson and Giovani dos Santos traded early attempts, with the FC Dallas defender nodding a header wide and dos Santos narrowly missing the right corner of the goal on a free kick attempt.
Then in the 11th minute, the Galaxy ended a three game scoreless streak courtesy of a highlight reel finish. Probing the FC Dallas area, Giovani dos Santos squared to Keane at the top of the box, the Irishman located Zardes streaking to his right, and Zardes sent in a low cross that dos Santos expertly backheeled into the net to cap off a beautiful team sequence.
Four minutes later, LA scored again on a similar play. Once again Gio found Robbie Keane in a dangerous position centrally, and with Zardes making another run and the FC Dallas defense failing to step up, Keane placed a shot past goalkeeper Jesse Gonzales off the post to double the Galaxy's advantage.
To Dallas' credit, they had no intention of becoming LA's latest victim and earned their way back in the game off a strange play. Michael Barrios turned Robbie Rogers and while attempting to dribble, the ball deflected high in the air. As both players raced to the rebound inside the Galaxy box, Barrios got there first and opportunistically looped a header over a surprised Donovan Ricketts, who could only get a hand on the ball as it crawled into the net.
The second half was more of the same for the Galaxy, who pressed for more goals. LA should have gone ahead in the 55th minute when Robbie Keane overplayed a lay-off to Gyasi Zardes for what would have been a tap-in, however a few minutes later Steven Gerrard poked home a cross of a Galaxy corner kick to score the Galaxy's third goal. Not too soon afterwards, Gerrard smacked a rocket from distance off the crossbar.
And yet, FC Dallas came back once again, as Atiba Harris side footed a simple finish following some quick combination play inside the LA box in the 86th minute to set up a nervy finish. However, LA held on to preserve the victory.