CARSON, Calif. (AP) Giovani dos Santos is still getting to know his LA Galaxy teammates, and he isn’t yet in ideal game shape. Today, he scored in his MLS debut, making it two goals in two matches for the Mexican worldwide.
After tallying a goal in his competitive Galaxy debut against Central FC in the CONCACAF Champions League, Dos Santos notched a goal and an assist in his first MLS match, helping LA pick up a 3-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC.
Dos Santos picked up the first assist of his MLS career in the 47 minute when he directed an A.J. DeLaGarza cross into the path of Keane for the go-ahead goal. Dos Santos took a ball through from Robbie Keane and made no mistake with the finish, as a sell-out crowd at the StubHub Center erupted in delight. “We conceded a very early goal in the first half but I think that the team did a great job and I’m happy for my goal and the team’s victory”, Dos Santos said in the postgame press conference. We can achieve every goal we want.
Dos Santos was assigned the task of taking the team’s corner kicks throughout the game as the star-studded lineup featured Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, USMNT standouts: Gyasi Zardes, Omar Gonzalez and Alan Gordon.
With David Beckham watching from a luxury suite, Gyasi Zardes also scored as the Galaxy unleashed the full might of their reloaded roster for the first time.
The Galaxy, however, have flattered to deceive at times this season and their inconsistent form will be a concern for their boss Bruce Arena. We’ve got all the tools. “Dos Santos is going to take a little time, but I think already the chemistry with his teammates is really good”.
Chad Barrett scored within the opening minute for the Sounders (10-12-2), who competed with none designated gamers after leaving Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins at house from the rivalry recreation.
After completing his global duties, Dempsey then played in the MLS All-Star Game before returning to play 90 minutes in the Sounders’ loss to Vancouver last weekend.
Unsurprisingly given how he was walking after the hamstring injury, Barrett was subbed out in the second minute. Zardes equalized within the 13th minute together with his 25th profession MLS aim. “He’s not 100 percent fit, he’s probably 80 with the conditions as well”, Keane said about dos Santos.
The 26-year-old dos Santos began training with the Galaxy a week ago after arriving from Mexico’s Gold Cup title run. Dos Santos spent the last two seasons in La Liga with Villareal. The group we have right now has to play with a lot of energy and hardwork that will allow us to get a result, the benefit right now is that their signings are out on n the field, Gerrard is out on the field, Dos Sontos is out on the field, our signings are not out there yet and ours are kind of out there in the future so they have a good situation, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said after the teams practice on Friday afternoon.
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