LA Galaxy’s DPs Rally for a 4-2 Win Over 2014 Cup Challengers, NE Revolution.

This Mother’s Day brunch menu featured LA Galaxy and NE Revolution battling to a 4-2 finish with New England coming from behind in the second half to squander LA’s 3-goal lead at halftime forcing a huge effort from LA to defeat the visitors with Gerrard’s 93rd minute goal, sealing the deal in front of a crowd of 21,237 at StubHub Center.

“It was a story of two halves,” Jay Heaps summed up simply afterwards.

Giovani dos Santos and Robbie Keane hadn’t played together in the past 5 matches due to Keane’s knee surgery recovery, but individually and together with Zardes playing the middle man, rallied for a 3-0 lead in the first half of their match against their former 2014 MLS Cup Final rivals. Goals from Keane in the 13th minute and 45th minute, along with Dos Santos’ strike in the 24th minute, overwhelmed a shaky New England defense. After what Jay Heaps describes as an “emotional talk” in the halftime break, the second half brought on a more dramatic play from both sides, with New England scoring two goals within three minutes between Rowe (67′) and Agudelo(70′), going down a man in the 77th minute with José Gonçalves limping off the field after their final substitution and fighting for an equalizer until Gerrard played his methodical footwork around NE’s defense, after a conscientious assist from Magee, for an unlikely but Stevie G. characteristic goal in the final moments of the match.

A few things to note for LA:

  • This is the first time Keane and Dos Santos have scored in the same game since Sept. 27, 2015. It’s Dos Santos’ fifth goal in four games.

  • The center was an interesting island for Giovani dos Santos in the first half. In spite of a chemistry between him and Gyasi Zardes that has added up to a handful of assists and goals in the absence of Keane, with Robbie Keane back in the mix, there’s a little more forced fluidity that must be dealt with in order for Dos Santos to find his space.

  • With the win, LA Galaxy became the first team to reach a landmark 300 regular season victories in MLS.

  • LA’s not out of the woods yet in spite of being second in the Western Conference and sustaining an undefeated streak. There’s the question of how well the DPs are working together and whether that will play a role in matches later on in the season against teams with strong midfield and defense.

“Who knows with all of this, but we are capable of being a pretty good team. We need a lot more work together, a lot more coordination…the challenges in the league will continue,” LA Galaxy’s Bruce Arena muses afterwards. “Obviously, the game on Wednesday is going to be a real tough one to get our team ready to play. It’s never easy. We’ve got some points now, and we’re happy about that, but this is not a cakewalk by any means.”

Game Summary:

13′ Robbie Keane

Assisted By: Gyasi Zardes
24′ Giovani dos Santos
45’+1′ Robbie Keane

Assisted By: Gyasi ZardesGiovani dos Santos
67′ Kelyn Rowe

Assisted By: Gershon Koffie
70′ Juan Agudelo

Assisted By: Femi Hollinger-Janzen
90’+3′ Steven Gerrard

Assisted By: Mike Magee

Next for LA: LA Galaxy head to Philadelphia for a midweek showdown this Wednesday against the Union.

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