Robbie Keane’s first-half goal was the difference to help lead the LA Galaxy to a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon
The Irish international put the visitors in front with his second goal in as many games in the 15th minute. With a crisp first-time pass from the touchline, Dave Romney freed Gyasi Zardes, who raced past Zach Scott. Zardes played a low cross to Keane, who slid and fired in off the crossbar from eight yards for his 79th MLS goal with the Galaxy.
The Sounders nearly equalized in the 53rd minute when Tyrone Mears played a perfectly weighted ball to Jordan Morris, who beat a charging Brian Rowe to the ball. Morris put a shot on frame, but AJ DeLaGarza did well to block the attempt on the goal line.
Clint Dempsey had a chance in the 76th minute, but Rowe did well to parry his header over the crossbar. The U.S. international had another quality chance in the 82nd minute, but he put a close-range shot off the post.
1. HE LOVES SEATTLE: Yes, it's not quite how the song goes, but playing the Seattle Sounders is music to Keane's ears. His 15th-minute winner was his seventh goal in 10 all-time appearances against the Sounders.
2. RARE ROAD WIN: The LA Galaxy won just their second game away from the StubHub Center -- and first time since a 4-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on April 15, stretching their unbeaten streak to four matches.
3. CENTURYLINK SWOON: CenturyLink Field has been a fortress for the Sounders in previous years, but that's far from the case this season. Seattle has an MLS-high five home losses this season. Combine that with one road win, and it's clear why the Sounders are last in the West with 17 points.