The Galaxy needed three points, and Curt Onalfo’s men delivered. Romain Alessandrini’s early goal led LA to a much-needed 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact Friday night at the StubHub Center.
#LAGalaxy Starting XI: Diop; Smith, Steres, Van Damme, Cole; Alessandrini, João Pedro, Jones, Boateng; Zardes, Giovani #LAvMTL pic.twitter.com/31jIAbXV5r— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 8, 2017
LA looked lively in the early going, eager to prove something after a terrible start to begin the season.
Fortunately for the Galaxy, it only took until the 15th minute to get on the board. A probing Emmanuel Boateng found Romain Alessandrini outside the 18-yard-box, and the winger quickly fired a low drive that snuck past an off-guard Evan Bush into the net, giving the Frenchman his third goal in two matches.
Romain knows how to place 'em. https://t.co/PomUTtHHDz #LAvMTL pic.twitter.com/AqNFWswJat— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 8, 2017
Things turned from bad to worse for Montreal, who were reduced to ten men when Marco Donadel was issued a straight red for violent conduct. Buoyed by the decision, the Impact surged forward but could not find a goal.
LA calmed things down in the second half, going forward while also protecting their slim lead. Eventually however Montreal had to press for the equalizer and the Galaxy made them pay. Gyasi Zardes located Jermaine Jones on a breakaway, who placed a deflected finish past Bush to secure the win for LA.
Can't keep up with the Joneses. https://t.co/PomUTtHHDz #LAvMTL pic.twitter.com/WUpmlQbBGv— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 8, 2017