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Los Angeles

  • Robbie Keane 45'
  • Robbie Keane 69'
  • Marcelo Fazzio Sarvas 86'

3 - 1


DC United

  • Nick DeLeon 87'

Galaxy top United 3-1

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Robbie Keane scored two goals and the Los

Angeles Galaxy earned their first victory of the season with a

3-1 win over DC United on Sunday.

Keane opened the scoring in the 45th minute when defender Todd

Dunivant headed the ball across the goalmouth to Keane, who beat

DC United goalkeeper Joe Willis.

Keane scored again in the 69th minute when Landon Donovan took

the ball from United midfielder Branko Boskovic in midfield and

then raced up field before playing the ball to Keane, who fired

it past Willis.

After losing in the Champions League to Toronto FC and dropping

its MLS season opener, Keane was happy to help the Galaxy get a


"In the games that we've played, we've outplayed teams, there's

no question about that. But the teams have scored more than we

had. That's the reason that we've lost," Keane said.

"We've had chances to win, but we haven't taken them. Today we

took our chances and I think that the way that we've played for

85 minutes, we controlled the game. We played very well."

Prior to their match, the Galaxy handed out their championship

rings from their MLS Cup victory.

The ceremony was a new experience for midfielder David Beckham

and Keane, who had their first exposure to the tradition.

"I've always got medals and trophies in the past so to receive a

ring is special," Beckham said.

"Last season was a special time. We had come very close in the

last three years, so to do it the way that we did it last year

in our home stadium was special so to get the ring was even more


But will the English soccer star wear the ring around town?

"At times I'm sure," he said. "It's a big ring so it'll go

someplace in the house with the rest of the medals and trophies

that I've won over the years."

Marcelo Sarvas made it 3-0 when he scored his first MLS goal in

the 86th minute.

United scored just a minute later when Nick DeLeon added a goal

from close range.

Although the United fell to 0-2 on the season, coach Ben Olsen

was encouraged by his team's performance in their second

consecutive defeat.

"There are signs of improvement, we just have to keep

improving," Olsen said. "I'm concerned after 0-2, no one wants

to be 0-2 and have to deal with this, but we're moving forward

and we'll get things sorted out."

The Galaxy are now off until March 31.

"It's tough way to start the year, now we get a little reprieve

to catch our breath a little," Landon Donovan said.

"First and foremost is to rest and then second is to get on the

field on work on things. You kind underestimate that part of it,

I know we're all pros and there is a lot of experience here, but

there are a few guys who have never played together and we need

that chance start gelling."

Scoring Summary

  • Los Angeles
  • DC United
(87') Nick DeLeon

Match Stats

  • Los Angeles
  • DC United
21(8) Shots (on goal) 12(1)
13 Fouls 17
6 Corner kicks 3
4 Offsides 7
52% Time of Possession 48%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 5


  • Los Angeles
  • DC United
Yellow Cards
Landon Donovan (38')
Juninho (73')