Keane’s hat trick the difference

Photo credit: (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

By Pearl Allison Lo

~ The San Jose Earthquakes ended their scoring drought, but extended their winless drought, as the Los Angeles Galaxy won the second matchup of the California Clasico with exclamation points, 5-2 Friday.

Robbie Keane scored the first of Los Angeles’ five straight goals. Two of his goals were penalty kicks, and it was his second straight MLS game with a hat trick, which he last accomplished on July 4th.

San Jose’s scoring drought ended in the 22nd minute, but they have now lost three straight MLS games, four including their ICC match.

San Jose got off to a promising start. Every time Los Angeles was close, the Quakes would knock the ball away with stout defense.

Quincy Amarikwa may have missed his first opportunity in the 12th minute, but he did not miss his next two for San Jose.

Off a free kick, Amarikwa ended the Quakes’ drought with his first goal since rejoining the team.  Sanna Nyassi crossed the ball and Amarikwa received it at the top of the box as the ball slid past goalie Brian Rowe.

Amarikwa’s brace goal came in the 25th minute, two goals in his second game of his second stint with San Jose. Clarence Goodson gave the assist.

Going by the crowd, there were two plays they felt should have been called, one being the Quakes rolling over a Los Angeles player and another play at the endline.

The Galaxy eventually got a penalty kick as Tommy Thompson was called for a penalty against Steven Gerrard, who made his MLS debut until the 87th minute.

Keane cut the lead in half, shooting past goalie David Bingham.

Gerrard then scored his first MLS goal in the 37th minute, as the ball eventually found its way to him from the other side. That resulted in two goals for each team in an active first half.

In the second half however, momentum went mostly to Los Angeles, as they scored three more goals. San Jose went without a shot on goal in the second half while the Galaxy kept making breakways toward goal. Gerrard first had a run. On the second one, the pass from Keane went to Sebastian Lletget, whose shot hit the crossbar and went out.

Los Angeles had more similar close calls later.

Shea Salinas drew a yellow card against Gerrard in the 55th minute. The Quakes had three yellows in the second half.

Keane and Gerrard connected on a free kick in the 64th minute for Keane’s middle goal

In the waning minutes, Bingham made a save, then in going for the loose ball, ended up knocking Bagio Husidic to the ground for Keane’s second penalty goal. Gerrard had scored right before the penalty made it null.

Lletget capped the game off in the 92nd minute. Robbie Rogers got the assist. Los Angeles has scored at least five goals in three of their last five games.

Game notes: Before the game, it was announced that San Jose had signed Marc Pelos,i Bay Area native, from the youth national team. Both teams were missing a player, the Galaxy Omar Gonzalez and the Quakes Chris Wondolowski, due to Gold Cup action.  The Quakes face the Vancouver Whitecaps in their next MLS action on July 26 at 4pm.

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