BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Los Angeles Galaxy captain Landon Donovan isn’t exactly shy about what he expects from his club.
“We expect to win every time we play,” Donovan said.
The Galaxy picked up a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night over the Chicago Fire and returned to winning ways. Last Saturday, Los Angles dropped a 2-0 decision to the Seattle Sounders that snapped its six-game unbeaten streak. During that time span, the club earned a 5-0-1 record, while outscoring opponents 9-3 and posting three shutouts. Wednesday’s 2-0 shut-out win was a step in the right direction.
“Our guys have played well our last seven games,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “They’ve gotten us right back in the thick of things. Getting the first goal was critical. We really limited Chicago on their chances. Being a greedy coach, I like wins like this.”
The Galaxy limited the Chicago Fire’s chances to zero shots on goal. It was a day where everything worked like clockwork for Los Angeles, while the home club struggled from front to back. Donovan said that out of everything, the team was most proud of their defensive play.
“We kept them from having a shot on goal,” Donovan said. “On a different day they would have had four or five.”
While the Galaxy missed David Beckham due to a red card in the previous match, the offense didn’t struggle in the slightest bit. Chicago-native Mike Magee led the Galaxy with a goal and an assist.
In the 23rd minute Jovan Kirovski crossed the ball to Magee, who dodged Fire defender Dasan Robinson and struck the ball into the lower right corner of the net, for a 1-0 Galaxy lead.
“Mike had a good game,” Arena said. “He had some chances early. The finish on the first goal was huge for us.”
Donovan doubled the lead for Los Angeles in the 55th minute. Kirovski passed the ball to Magee. Magee forwarded it to Donovan, who rushed toward goal. He passed Fire defenders en route to drilling the ball past Busch and into the net for a 2-0 lead.
“I saw Landon taking off. I knew I just had to keep the ball for a second,” Magee said. “I knew Landon was fast enough to get past the defenders. Jovan passed it to me, I sent it to Landon and he scored.”
The win helped the Galaxy (8-4-10, 34 points) jump into second place in the West, five points behind first-place Houston (11-6-6, 39 points). The Galaxy returns to action Saturday, playing at D.C. United (7:30 p.m. ET).
Kathryn L. Knapp, Goal.com
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