Robbie Keane leads Galaxy to 5-0 demolition of Portland


AP

CARSON, California–Los Angeles’ Robbie Keane converted a penalty and set up two others as the Galaxy beat Portland 5-0 on Wednesday, scoring five goals for the second straight match.

The teams went into the game level on points, and Portland on a four-game winning run, but the Timbers were no match for the Galaxy, who moved within a point of the Western Conference lead.

Sebastian Lletget scored for the third straight match, putting the Galaxy ahead in the 13th minute. Keane converted in the 18th minute, and Robbie Rogers scored his first MLS goal since 2011 off a pass from Keane in the 33rd.

Juninho scored in the 72nd off another Keane assist and Jose Villarreal added the final goal in the 87th minute.

Portland’s Liam Ridgewell was given a red card in the 78th. Chicago 0, D.C. United 1Conor Doyle scored in the 73rd minute to give D.C. United victory at Chicago.

Doyle pounced upon a rebound off a defender and fired a strike from outside the 18-yard box which went in off the underside of the bar.

United padded their lead in the Eastern Conference to 10 points over New England while Chicago has dropped four straight. Philadelphia 1, Seattle 0 Philadelphia’s C.J. Sapong scored his fifth goal in six games to help the hosts beat Seattle.

Sapong headed in Sheanon Williams’ perfectly chipped cross in the 69th minute.

Philadelphia had a goal disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper in the 27th minute and in the 30th, Maurice Edu’s penalty was blocked by Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Seattle struggled without injured Obafemi Martins and suspended Clint Dempsey, not getting a shot on target until the 83rd and not winning a corner until the 87th. Columbus 2, New England 1 Columbus’ Kei Kamara boosted his lead in the scoring charts with two goals to beat New England, snapping a six-game winless streak.