One win away from a Perfect August for the LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy defeated New York City FC 5-1 in front of a sold-out crown at StubHub Center. The match marked the first-ever meeting between the LA Galaxy and New York City FC, who joined Major League Soccer in 2015.

CARSON, Calif. – LA v. NYC FC star power match is a wrap. With one win away from a perfect August for the Los Angeles Galaxy, on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold-out home crowd at StubHub Center, it was LA with a 5-1 win over the newest Major League Soccer (MLS) team, New York City FC.

NYC FC joined Major League Soccer in 2015. The first ever meeting between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York City FC saw Galaxy boss Bruce Arena starting XI had a romping in convincing fashion over the visiting NYC FC.

On the game, Galaxy General Manager, Bruce Arena had this to say: “Well another game where we won and got three points, that is the most important thing. Certainly the goals are great but we played well today. After the first 15 minutes I thought NYC FC was all over us, but once we settled in we played pretty well.”

Gyasi Zardes started the scoring in the 36th minutes and the Galaxy never looked back. Robbie Keane netted two with Giovani dos Santos and Sebastian Lletget contributing one goal each.

Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts conceded the loan goal off a penalty kick from David Villa [NYC FC] in the 80th minute.

Here’s Robbie Keane on playing a MLS match with so many stars means: “It says that this league is serious. It’s the league that people want to be in. We get phone calls all the time from international players that want to come here, that want to play. Years ago, there were certain leagues that people want to go and play. This is the league.”

With the win, the Galaxy are now 13-7-7 on the season (46 points). They are now the first team in MLS history to score 1,000 goals all time during the MLS Regular Season. Ricketts is now a perfect 4-0-0 with the Galaxy this season as the starting goalkeeper.
The Galaxy were without the services of Brian Perk, Todd Dunivant and Baggio Husidic, who were unavailable due to injury.
To stay perfect in the winning column for the month of August, the Galaxy will need to register a win against the San Jose Earthquakes next Friday night.
The LA Galaxy will be back in action next Friday night September 28 as they travel north to San Jose for the California Clasico. Match-time is 8 p.m. PST live on Univision.
For more information, visit: www.lagalaxy.com

Scoring Summary:
LA – Gyasi Zardes (Assisted by Robbie Keane, Juninho) 36′
LA – Robbie Keane (Assisted by Giovani dos Santos) 54’
LA – Giovani dos Santos (Assisted by Robbie Keane) 67’
LA – Sebastian Lletget (Assisted by Steven Gerrard, Gyasi Zardes) 70’
NYCFC – David Villa (penalty) 80’
LA – Robbie Keane (Assisted by Robbie Rogers, Sebastian Lletget) 81’

Misconduct Summary:
NYCFC – Ned Grabavoy (caution) 83’

Lineups:
LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts; A.J. DeLaGarza (Dan Gargan 74’), Leonardo, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Rogers; Gyasi Zardes, Steven Gerrard, Juninho, Sebastian Lletget (Rafael Garcia 82’); Giovani dos Santos, Robbie Keane ©.

Substitutions not used: Brian Rowe, Tommy Meyer, Mika Vayrynen, Ignacio Maganto, Alan Gordon.

TOTAL SHOTS: 23; SHOTS ON GOAL: 12; FOULS: 8; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 2.

New York City FC: Josh Saunders; Jason Hernandez, Angelino, Shay Facey, Andoni Iraola; Andrea Pirlo (Patrick Mullens 75’), Andrew Jacobson, Kwadwo Poku, Thomas McNamara (Ned Grabavoy 59’), Mix Diskerud (Sebastian Velasquez 59’); David Villa.

Substitutions not used: Jefferson Mena, Chris Wingert, Pablo Alvarez, Ryan Meara.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 6; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 5.

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson and Fabio Tovar
4th Official: Daniel Radford

Attendance: 27,000

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