Led by Steven Gerrard’s first goal since his MLS debut, the Galaxy beat FC Dallas to take the MLS points lead. Elsewhere, Sporting KC forced a tie with the Sounders, and the Earthquakes defeated Real Salt Lake.
Giovani Dos Santos and Robbie Keane scored in the first half before Gerrard connected in the 57th minute as the Galaxy ended their perplexing three-game scoreless stretch with a barrage of goals from their talent-laden roster. All three of the Galaxy's designated players scored in the same match for the first time.
The Galaxy (14–9–8) moved past
Michael Barrios and Atiba Harris scored for FC Dallas (14–10–5), which began the night even with the Galaxy with 47 points. Dallas has lost two straight, but has two games in hand on the Galaxy.
Earthquakes 1, Real Salt Lake 0
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) —
San Jose (12–12–7) closed within a point of Portland for the final playoff spot in the
Real Salt Lake (10–11–8) remained six points behind the Timbers with four games remaining.
Garcia approached a ball that
Garcia ripped off his jersey in celebration and was rewarded with his second yellow card, forcing the Quakes to play a man down through the end that included four minutes of stoppage time.
San Jose dominated with a 20–6 shots advantage.
Sounders 1, Sporting KC 1
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Dominic Dwyer scored in the 79th minute to give Sporting Kansas City the tie with Seattle.
The Sounders (14–13–4) opened the scoring in the 31st minute when