Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. LA Galaxy: Landon Donovan Leads Galaxy Past Caps, 4-0

The Los Angeles Galaxy were better than the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first half, but the scoreboard didn't reflect it as their shots either just missed the frame or met the unfortunate fate of Joe Cannon's gloves. Things turned in the second half as Landon Donovan grabbed a hold of the match, scoring the first goal, converting a penalty for the second and assisting on the third goal before Adam Cristman added a fourth in the Galaxy's 4-0 win. The victory in Vancouver keeps LA atop the league and extends their unbeaten streak to a 14 matches, the longest in MLS this season.

Vancouver was able to get a couple half chances in the first half, but nothing more while LA held possession. In the early part of the half they didn't turn that possession into chances as they lacked the touch in the final third, but the close of the half was all Galaxy. Cannon made a tremendous save on a drive from 20 yards by Juninho and barely tipped it over the bar, then he was able to get a hand to Gregg Berhalter's header off of the ensuing corner kick to keep the Caps level. Sean Franklin wasted a golden chance from six yards when he sent it wide and the Galaxy had to go into halftime without a lead.

The start of the second half was in no way like the end of the first half. The Whitecaps played quickly and had opportunities to go ahead with Shea Salinas coming within an inch of getting the home side on top. His shot beat Josh Saunders and hit the very inside of the post, coming straight across the goal line before being cleared.

Donovan broke the deadlock in the 61st minute when Franklin played him in over the top. Michael Boxall was trying to run with Donovan, but he tripped and Donovan was in all alone on goal, easily slotting it past Cannon for the go-ahead goal. 

In the 74th minute Donovan got himself a brace after Jordan Harvey was whistled for a penalty. A long diagonal ball to Donovan would have taken him all the way to the endline, but Harvey inadvertently got his arm out and knocked the ball off its path so the referee had to award the penalty. Donovan stepped to it and hit it well, just inside the post for his second goal of the match.

The American wasn't done though, getting free along the endline just minutes later. He dribbled towards the goal from the left before crossing right across the face of the goal for Franklin, who came sliding in for the finish and a 3-0 Galaxy lead. 

Just for good measure, Cristman added a fourth goal just before fulltime. Vancouver had a chance to clear the ball from in front of their own goal, but it was instead headed straight up at the edge of the six-yard box. Cristman rose and nodded the ball over Cannon and into the side netting for the final tally of the match, embarrassing the Whitecaps and sending their supporters home angry.

With the win, LA is on 45 points, tops in MLS and six points clear of FC Dallas, also the Hoops do have a match in hand. Vancouver remains at the bottom of the league on just 15 points as they remain winless in their last seven.

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