Fluid, creative and dangerous – in short all the things the Galaxy weren’t last weekend – were hallmarks of the L.A. offense in the first half, yielding two goals without reply.
And it could have been more.
With Ely Allen proving a handful up the left flank, the Earthquakes defense has showed it can’t handle the Galaxy’s speed and anticipation so far.
After a shaky start that saw an Earthquakes goal disallowed after just two minutes (presumably for offside), the first goal came just seven minutes later.
A Ryan Cochrane error was seized upon by Landon Donovan who delivered a pass David Beckham side-footed into the net.
The second came eight minutes before half time when Alan Gordon fed Beckham, who slipped a wonderfully weighted pass to Donovan who beat Joe Cannon to the ball for the goal.
The Galaxy could have had a third just before the break when Alvaro Pires missed from point blank range from a Beckham free kick.
Overall, this was a completely different Galaxy team from the one we saw in Colorado with L.A. out-shooting the Earthquakes 11-2.