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Dos Santos chip shot saves Galaxy on the road

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Ema Boateng (24) leaps over Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, bottom, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (24) leaps over Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, bottom, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The L.A. Galaxy escaped Kansas City, Kan., with one point in a 1-1 draw after getting outplayed and outmanned by Sporting Kansas City.

“I don’t think we played well today,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the game. “We had a lot of issues with this game today. It’s a point. We are going home. We are not looking back.”

For the third straight game, Giovani dos Santos scored for the Galaxy, this time putting yet another beautiful chip shot into the back of the net. The Mexican international has scored four goals in the past three games as he is now returning to full fitness after injuring his left quad in the season opener.

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Galaxy bring hot streak to Kansas City

L.A. Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (right) was named MLS Player of the Week for his performance against Real Salt Lake last week. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

L.A. Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (right) was named MLS Player of the Week for his performance against Real Salt Lake last week. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Life without Robbie Keane hasn’t been all that bad for the L.A. Galaxy. With their star striker on the bench after knee surgery, the Galaxy (4-1-2) are on a five-game undefeated streak heading into Sunday’s road matchup against Sporting Kansas City (5 p.m., Fox Sports 1).

Giovani dos Santos is coming into form, having scored three goals with two assists combined in the past two victories. Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng was a revelation against Salt Lake, scoring once and notching two assists. The Galaxy have scored nine goals in the past two games, a 4-1 win over Houston on the road and a 5-2 victory at home over Real Salt Lake.   Continue reading

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Galaxy rout Real Salt Lake

Mike Magee (center) celebrates his goal with Emmanuel Boateng in the Galaxy's 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Mike Magee (center) celebrates his goal with Emmanuel Boateng in the Galaxy’s 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Galaxy came back from another early goal to put up a five-spot on previously undefeated Real Salt Lake on Saturday, winning 5-2. L.A. extended its unbeaten streak to five games, and has scored nine combined goals in the past two games.

Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng was one of the many standouts on Saturday, scoring once and adding two assists. He was making his second MLS start and not only showed his speed, which is unmatched on this team, but some good quality. He sent in a sensational cross on Mike Magee‘s goal in the 26th minute and also assisted Giovani dos Santos‘ brilliant chip shot in the 45th minute.

“He’s got energy, he’s got pace, and he’s got quality in the wide areas as you see from his assist,” midfielder Steven Gerrard said. “And he got off the mark today with a cheeky little finish. Certainly up for man of the match, the little fella’.” Continue reading

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Galaxy ‘keep heads above water’ despite injuries ahead of Salt Lake matchup

(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

The Galaxy host the only undefeated team in MLS on Saturday as they face Real Salt Lake on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If not for a stoppage time goal by Marco Pappa in the final 30 seconds of a 1-0 L.A. loss to Colorado, Saturday’s matchup at StubHub Center could have been between two undefeated teams.

At 3-1-2, the Galaxy’s bad days haven’t ended too badly, even when goalkeeper Dan Kennedy suffers a torn groin on the first goal kick of the season or when Steven Gerrard goes down with a calf strain 30 seconds into a rivalry game at home. Through a rash of injuries that started literally in the first minute of the season, L.A. has “managed to keep our heads above water,” head coach Bruce Arena said. Continue reading

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Galaxy score first win at Houston since 2010

Giovani dos Santos (right) is expected to return from a left quad strain while Steven Gerrard (left) will be out with a left calf strain.

Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos  starred in the Galaxy’s 4-1 win over Houston on Friday. Photo by Steve McCrank // Daily Breeze

Giovani dos Santos and Steven Gerrard led the L.A. Galaxy to a dominant 4-1 road victory over Houston on Friday with dos Santos notching a brace and Gerrard adding an assist in his first action since injuring his calf almost a month ago. The win is the first in Houston for the Galaxy since 2010.

Highlights from the match:

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One thing we learned from Sunday’s Galaxy game via Twitter: Nigel de Jong (is still) a violent excuse for a player

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Galaxy salvage tie on Portland own goal

The Galaxy's Nigel de Jong goes up for a header against the Portland Timbers. (Ringo H.W. Chiu - The Associated Press)

The Galaxy’s Nigel de Jong goes up for a header against the Portland Timbers. (Ringo H.W. Chiu – The Associated Press)

The Galaxy escaped StubHub Center with one point Sunday night after Portland’s Nat Borchers headed in an own goal in the 84th minute to give L.A. a 1-1 tie.

With forward and captain Robbie Keane still sidelined due to recent knee surgery, the Galaxy lacked a good finishing touch. L.A. created several chances, but needed an opponent to find the back of the net for them. The Galaxy outshot Portland 13-4 (4-2 in shots on goal).

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Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong was the center of a yellow card controversy after he injured Portland’s Darlington Nagbe on a tackle. Nagbe left the field in a wheelchair with an apparent lower leg injury. De Jong said he did not meant to harm Nagbe and that he was only going for a “50-50 ball.”

Galaxy injury report: 

Robbie Rogers left the game early with a hip contusion. He said it “locked up” after he was hit in the side. After the game, he was unsure of his timetable to return, but didn’t suspect it to be serious.

A.J. DeLaGarza sat out with a left foot injury that has been bothering him lately. He said this week he tweaked it during preseason, was playing through it, then re-aggravated it during practice recently. It is the same foot that he injured last year.

Other injuries:

  • Robbie Keane — knee surgery, out for at least three more weeks. Keane was originally scheduled to return in four to six weeks. Bruce Arena seemed optimistic about the captain’s rehab though, and said this week that Keane was ahead of schedule.
  • Steven Gerrard — left calf.
  • Leonardo — knee
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Nigel de Jong on tackle on Nagbe: “It was never my intention to hurt him”

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong, left, crashes into Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Sunday April 10, 2016. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong, left, crashes into Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Carson, Calif., Sunday April 10, 2016. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong was issued a yellow card for a tackle that resulted in Portland’s Darlington Nagbe getting wheelchaired off the pitch after the teams played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at StubHub Center.

Portland head coach Caleb Porter did not have a definitive update on Nagbe’s injury, saying the team was still evaluating it. De Jong spoke to Nagbe after the game to say he did not mean to harm the Portland midfielder.

“I went for the ball and I caught the ball a little bit, and caught most of his ankle,” de Jong said. “It’s just a pity. It was never my intention to hurt him. He’s a good kid as well. I said that after the game as well. It’s a pity, but that’s football as well. When the ball comes in that situation, you always go for it 100 percent, but unfortunately, I caught him.” Continue reading

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